Personal-finance magazine Kiplinger has ranked UC Irvine—with an in-state cost of $27,528 per year—16th on its list of Best Public College Values.
UC Irvine's in-state costs after need-based aid comes to $11,659, said the magazine, which had UCLA, UC Berkeley and UC San Diego in its in-state top 10.
To get its top-100 list, Kiplinger factored in cost—in-state and out-of-state—and financial aid; student indebtedness; competitiveness; graduation rates; and academic support. Each school got an in-state ranking and an out-of-state one.
California schools in the top 100 include Cal State Long Beach, UC Riverside and Cal Poly Pomona.
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