Colorado College is the 15th best value among private liberal arts colleges across the country, according to the April 2007 issue of Kiplinger’s magazine. The Kiplinger’s report measured academic excellence and financial flexibility, with academic quality counting for two-thirds of the total.
CC scored better than Swarthmore, the top-ranking school, in non-need-based aid, giving assistance to 19 percent of students who didn’t demonstrate a need for financial aid, which was the third-highest among the top 15. Of those students receiving financial aid, 86 percent of the aid came through grants and scholarships versus aid that must be earned or paid back.
“We are very proud of providing access to a wide range of students – from our backyard as well as across the country and world. We are pleased to be able to distribute more than $30 million in grants, loans, and work study funds each year to more than half of our student body,” said Mark Hatch, vice president for enrollment management.
After receiving need-based aid, students were left with a debt of $17,895, and after non-need-based aid $26,468, both the second-lowest among the top 15.
In fall 2006, U.S. News & World Report's annual “America's Best Colleges” named Colorado College the 13th best value among national liberal arts colleges for the second year in a row. CC was also included in The Princeton Review’s 2006 edition of “America’s Best Value Colleges.”