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Top 10 Colleges with the Worst ROI

Top 10 Colleges with the Worst ROI

Are some colleges better investments than others?

Elizabeth Hoyt

May 21, 2013

A college education is a great investment in your future. You need a college education to further your career, not to mention, it helps you grow intellectually as an individual. But are some colleges a better investment than others?

Yes, according to calculations by Payscale, a site that collects career and salary data.

Using specific methodology, Payscale researched and calculated different colleges’ return on investment (ROI). Apparently, the following schools aren’t worth their weight in gold – or the sky-high tuition prices.

The following are the top ten colleges with the worst ROI, according to Payscale, along with the data collected that demonstrates why the school made the list.

10. Meredith College

Raleigh, North Carolina

Cost of a 4-year degree (2012): $150,400

Annual ROI: -$66,200

30-year Net ROI: -1.8%

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9. Ozark Christian College

Joplin, Missouri

Cost of a 4-year degree (2012): $78,530

Annual ROI: -$76,200

30-year Net ROI: -11.0%

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8. Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Cost of a 4-year degree (2012): $113,400

Annual ROI: -$82,600

30-year Net ROI:-4.1%

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7. Hilbert College

Hamburg, New York

Cost of a 4-year degree (2012): $116,000

Annual ROI: -$89,100

30-year Net ROI: -4.6%

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6. Springfield College

Springfield, Massachusetts

Cost of a 4-year degree (2012): $174,700

Annual ROI: $101,000

30-year Net ROI: -2.7%

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5. Florida Memorial University

Miami Gardens, Florida

Cost of a 4-year degree (2012): $116,100

Annual ROI: -$114,000

30-year Net ROI: -12.0%

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4. Miles College

Fairfield, Alabama

Cost of a 4-year degree (2012): $92,280

Annual ROI: -$136,000

30-year Net ROI: < -12.3%

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3. University of Maine at Presque Isle

Presque Isle, Maine

Cost of a 4-year degree (2012): $79,330 (in-state); $122,100 (out-of-state)

Annual ROI: -$124,000 (in-state); -$167,000 (out-of-state)

30-year Net ROI: < -$12.3%

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2. Valley Forge Christian College

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Cost of a 4-year degree (2012): $114,100

Annual ROI: -$178,000

30-year Net ROI: < -12.3%

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1. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Cost of a 4-year degree (2012): $155,200

Annual ROI: -$228,000

30-year Net ROI: < -12.3%



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