University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Best Of

Best Of 2015: Higher Ed for the Money

In-state UCCS students pay a little over $9,000 annually in tuition, but from the looks of it, that education helps them find jobs. The default rate on UCCS student loans is 2.9 percent, as compared to a national rate of 13.7 percent. "Investing in your education consistently returns in the form of higher lifetime income, lower unemployment and higher career satisfaction," Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak writes in an email. "Beginning in middle school, we tell students that college is possible with hard work and dedication. It's true. A UCCS education costs about the same as a new car. But after a few years of car payments, you have a used car worth a fraction of its original cost. Investing in education provides dividends the rest of your life." — J. Adrian Stanley

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