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CCU ranks high in affordability, return on investment

July 25, 2013

A new study ranks Coastal Carolina University in the top tier of South Carolina colleges that offer a high return on investment (ROI).

Affordable Colleges Online analyzed data from 111 higher education institutions in South Carolina and ranked the top 16 according to the highest ROI over a 30-year period.

Criteria for the ranking included net tuition prices and the average starting salaries of graduates of fully accredited, four-year nonprofit institutions. The study is based on statistics from PayScale, the National Center for Education Statistics, the Integrated Post-Secondary Data System and the Carnegie Foundation.

David A. DeCenzo, president of Coastal Carolina University, said, “This new ranking affirms the high quality of our program. Families should know that students receive excellent value for every tuition dollar spent here, and this study confirms that.”

The study determined that the 30-year return on investment in a Coastal Carolina University degree is $261,100.

“These are important lists for prospective students to consider,” says ACO founder Dan Schuessler. “We’ve sifted through comprehensive data sources to find colleges and universities in South Carolina that offer a high quality education with consistent, long-term payoffs in the workplace.”

Affordable Colleges Online provides students and parents with information about affordable higher education options. The website provides financial aid videos, expert advice, and cost savings ideas.