The University of Washington ranked 13th, and Western Washington University ranked 93rd, on Kiplinger’s annual list of 100 public colleges that offer the best value for the money.
Both schools have regularly appeared on Kiplinger’s list. The UW was 18th last year, and WWU was 74th.
Kiplinger’s noted that the rate of tuition increases is slowing nationwide; in Washington, tuition at all state colleges has been frozen for this academic year and the next one. Nationwide, in-state tuition and fees rose only 2.9% in 2012–13, the lowest increase in more than 30 years, according to the College Board.
The total cost of a year of college at the UW, including room and board, is $24,355, Kiplinger’s reported. But for in-state students, when financial aid is taken into account, the price of a year at the UW for a student who qualifies for aid drops to $10, 355. The UW has an especially generous financial aid program for those who qualify.
At Western, the cost including room and board is $20,920, but when financial aid is taken into account for those who qualify, the price drops to $12,089.
For the 13th year in a row, Kiplinger’s ranked the University of North Carolina no. 1 in the nation for what it described as “a combination of stellar academics, low cost and rich financial aid.”