Kiplinger Ranks College Among 100 “Best College Values”

Kiplinger, the business and personal-finance publisher, has ranked Thomas Aquinas College among the top 100 private colleges on its annual Best College Values list.

The latest installment of the Kiplinger guide further rates the College as fourth in the nation in terms of lowest total annual cost, noting that Thomas Aquinas College meets 100 percent of all financial aid need. It also places the College among the top 20 of private colleges for lowest student debt at graduation.

“The institutions on Kiplinger’s rankings for best value in private colleges represent schools that provide high-quality academics as well as affordable cost even in these tough times,” says Jane Bennett Clark, senior associate editor for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. The guide considers five criteria in determining its rankings: cost and financial aid, competitiveness, academic supports, graduation rates, and student indebtedness.

“We are pleased to have been ranked so highly once again on the Kiplinger list,” says Thomas Aquinas College Director of Admissions Jon Daly. “The College has always maintained a policy that no student will be turned away on the basis of financial need.” Another prominent college guide, The Princeton Review, named the College as one of only 10 schools nationwide to make its Financial Aid Honor Roll for receiving its highest possible financial aid rating.

“Thanks to our many generous benefactors, a Thomas Aquinas College education is affordable to all who are willing and able to undertake it,” adds Mr. Daly. “For a Catholic liberal education that is as excellent as it is unique, we think this is a value that cannot be matched.”