Three Colorado schools are on’s top 100 list for best value in public colleges and universities.

Colorado School of Mines ranked 69 and 78 for in-state and out-of-state value, respectively, while the University of Colorado at Boulder ranked 74 and 96, and Colorado State University ranked 99 and 100. named the University of Northern Carolina at Chapel Hill the best overall value in the nation, and Binghamton University for best out-of-state value.

Nationwide, states have cut funding for schools due to the recession and less tax revenue. And universities endowments have suffered substantial portfolio losses.

But many schools are still delivering quality education – some have even maintained or increased access to financial aid.

Kiplinger’s rankings are based on tuition and fees, including midyear increases, as of Dec. 1, and measurable criteria, such as student-faculty ratios, on-time graduation rates, and academic competitiveness.

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  1. These rankings might not survive after the recent budget cuts take their full effect. Our state’s funding of higher education is not only shameful, it’s economically risky. Didn’t we just hit bottom after being ranked 49th for years?

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