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Rutgers University Ranks on List of Best Value Public Colleges

The average student graduates with $26,656 in debt, according to the report.

Rutgers University was ranked No. 47 on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of the 100 best values in public colleges. The list ranks four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value.

According to the report, Rutgers has a 57 percent four-year graduation rate.

The total cost per year for in-state residents is $26,627 and $16,391 following need-based state aid.

The total cost per year for out-of-state residents is $40,651, and $30,415 following need-based state aid.

When they leave Rutgers, the average student faces $26,656 in debt.

The College of New Jersey was the highest ranked college in the state, at No. 34. Ramapo College was ranked No. 66.

In all, 12 colleges from New Jersey and New York were ranked on the list.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill topped the list and was also ranked No. 1 for out-of-state value. North Carolina has been ranked No. 1 overall for 13 straight years.

The annual public school rankings appear in Kiplinger’s February 2014 issue, available on newsstands Dec. 31, and online now at kiplinger.com/links/college.

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