The Best Deals on College Tuition

by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World

For those who are attending, already graduated from college, or simply grew up in a home where college attendance was expected, it may be hared to believe that only a significantly small percentage of the U.S. population attends college. That said, if any of the latter applies to you, it is probably safe to say that you believe in or have at least been told of the powerful advantages having a diploma has in the workplace. But, that diploma is often extremely expensive.

People should not to let a price deter them from attaining higher education. The Princeton Review has complied a list ranking 613 schools in the order of the most financially generous in terms of aid. The full list can be viewed at Princeton Review’s 2012 Financial Aid Rating Honor Roll, but the top ten are listed below in alphabetical order for your convenience.

Carleton College (Northfield, Minn.)
Claremont McKenna College (Claremont, Calif.)
Columbia University (New York, N.Y.)
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering (Needham, Mass.)
Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.)
Princeton University (Princeton, N.J.)
Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, Penn.)
Thomas Aquinas College (Santa Paula, Calif.)
Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.)
Yale University (New Haven, Conn.)

According to, the factors taken into consideration when creating this list included “how many students received aid compared to the number of students who needed it, how much of their financial needs were met and how many students received all the aid they needed, as well as how satisfied students said they were with their awards.” As Robert Franek, the senior vice president of The Princeton Review says, “Always get current information about a school’s financial aid offerings and never cross a school off the list because of its sticker price: sometimes, the most expensive colleges are the most generous with their grants and aid.”

This is a part of Ayvaunn Penn‘s Black And Making It series. She is also the founder of Your Black Poets and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. To inquire about her freelance editing services, click here. To like Ayvaunn on Facebook, click here.


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