The Best College at the Best Price

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In general, I love reading compilations about the "best value" - especially when it's for a big investment, such as education. Recently, U.S. News and World Report issued their findings of the best value colleges, along with the best all-around colleges in the country. If you are considering cost (and you should be!), it's also important to discover which colleges will be beneficial when you begin your job hunt.

I particularly like viewing the benefits of each school in a list format. You can see what the school has to offer, including cost and grant money. This is great for students who are thinking of the long-term financial implications of a four-year degree. The magazine sorts the lists into: national universities, liberal arts colleges, regional universities, and regional colleges.

I also like that the site delves into how to pay for college, including some great online tools to help even the finance-weary person figure out a payment plan. If you already started college or graduate school and have not been as financially-savvy as you had previously planned - these online tools will help you make sense of your financial future.

Do yourself a favor and conduct the research before jumping into something that you won't be able to manage. A little bit of research can go a long way for your education and your wallet.

Amy M worked in corporate public relations for three years before returning to graduate school to become an English and Social Studies teacher. She is also a freelance writer for CollegeJobBank.Com. In her free time, Amy likes to practice yoga. She is a self-proclaimed 'American history nerd.' Read more of her blogs at Find jobs and other information at Nexxt.

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