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100 community colleges with the best ROI

  • #80. North Hennepin Community College

    - 40-year net present value: $937,000
    - 10-year net present value: $187,000
    - Graduation rate: 15%
    - Median debt: $8,625

    Business, including accounting and bookkeeping, is the focus of many students at this college. Those who want to go on to a bachelor’s degree can complete their education without leaving the campus, via partnerships with several universities. Those programs include pathways to careers in health, engineering, and education.

  • #79. Mitchell Technical Institute

    - 40-year net present value: $939,000
    - 10-year net present value: $195,000
    - Graduation rate: 69%
    - Median debt: $10,000

    Agricultural, engineering, and electrician training programs are available at this South Dakota school, and almost all graduates are working within six months. Credit for experiential learning is available to some students who have real-life work experience.

  • #78. Montgomery College

    - 40-year net present value: $944,000
    - 10-year net present value: $181,000
    - Graduation rate: 20%
    - Median debt: $6,000

    Niche considers this community college the second-best in Maryland, and the Chronicle of Higher Education has named it the most-diverse in the country for several years running. Beyond five centers in the region, Montgomery College is set up for online learning, with 400 credit classes in many areas of study, including early childhood education and criminal justice.

  • #77. CUNY New York City College of Technology

    - 40-year net present value: $946,000
    - 10-year net present value: $185,000
    - Graduation rate: 17%
    - Median debt: $6,500

    This Brooklyn-based school has popular programs in information science, hospitality, electrical engineering, and more. Associate and bachelor’s degree paths are available, and graduates have continued their education via graduate programs at prestigious universities.

  • #76. Triangle Tech Inc-Bethlehem

    - 40-year net present value: $947,000
    - 10-year net present value: $179,000
    - Graduation rate: 72%
    - Median debt: $12,000

    Welding is the most popular program at this technical college, followed by electrician training. Six years after graduation, median earnings are $41,000. Students speak highly of the hands-on learning.

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  • #75. Massachusetts Bay Community College

    - 40-year net present value: $948,000
    - 10-year net present value: $180,000
    - Graduation rate: 18%
    - Median debt: $4,000

    Two-year associate and one-year certificate programs are available at this community college that trains full-time and part-time students at three locations. Cybersecurity is just one of many offerings.

  • #74. Culinary Institute of America

    - 40-year net present value: $950,000
    - 10-year net present value: $140,000
    - Graduation rate: 73%
    - Median debt: $12,000

    Culinary Institute of America aka CIA is considered one of the top training options for the restaurant industry. Notable alumni include chefs, sommeliers, and hospitality managers. Students refer to the passionate, creative environment at the school.

  • #73. Ohio University-Chillicothe Campus

    - 40-year net present value: $950,000
    - 10-year net present value: $191,000
    - Graduation rate: 20%
    - Median debt: $13,000

    Two-year programs at this school include nursing, law enforcement, and business, and more than 90% of graduates are working within two years. Chillicothe is one of five campuses for the university, which has been ranked #1 in the state for online education.

  • #72. Ohio University-Zanesville Campus

    - 40-year net present value: $951,000
    - 10-year net present value: $192,000
    - Graduation rate: 29%
    - Median debt: $13,000

    Broadcasting, liberal arts, and nursing are among the popular programs of study at this campus, located just over 50 miles from Columbus. Both associate and certificate programs are available to students looking to quickly complete their education.

  • #71. Ohio University-Southern Campus

    - 40-year net present value: $952,000
    - 10-year net present value: $193,000
    - Graduation rate: 19%
    - Median debt: $13,000

    Southern is one of the smaller campuses in the Ohio University system. Students talk about getting value for their money at this school, which offers popular programs including nursing and business.

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