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Best colleges for your money

Which colleges offer the most financial value to today's high school graduates? Money magazine released its list of "Best colleges for your money," looking at "educational quality, affordability and alumni success." Below are the top 25 colleges along with their estimated 2017-18 annual costs with and without an average grant and their early career earnings for students within five years of graduation. For public colleges, in-state tuition and fees are used. To see Money's full list, click here.

25. Williams College

Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $70,700 Estimated 2017-18
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Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $70,700

Estimated 2017-18 price with average grant: $23,300

Early career earnings: $54,000

24. The College of New Jersey

Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $34,600 Estimated 2017-18
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Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $34,600

Estimated 2017-18 price with average grant: $21,800

Early career earnings: $52,100

23. Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $26,200 Estimated 2017-18
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Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $26,200

Estimated 2017-18 price with average grant: $19,900

Early career earnings: $57,400

22. University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign

Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $31,400 Estimated 2017-18
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Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $31,400

Estimated 2017-18 price with average grant: $18,200

Early career earnings: $57,700

21. Columbia University

Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $73,400 Estimated 2017-18
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Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $73,400

Estimated 2017-18 price with average grant: $19,100

Early career earnings: $62,500

20. University of Maryland - College Park

Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $26,500 Estimated 2017-18
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Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $26,500

Estimated 2017-18 price with average grant: $15,900

Early career earnings: $55,700

19. California Institute of Technology

Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $67,000 Estimated 2017-18
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Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $67,000

Estimated 2017-18 price with average grant: $25,100

Early career earnings: $79,800

18. University of Florida

Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $21,800 Estimated 2017-18
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Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $21,800

Estimated 2017-18 price with average grant: $15,800

Early career earnings: $49,800

16. (tie) Georgia Institute of Technology

Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $30,700 Estimated 2017-18
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Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $30,700

Estimated 2017-18 price with average grant: $13,800

Early career earnings: $65,600

16. (tie) Washington and Lee University

Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $65,700 Estimated 2017-18
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Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $65,700

Estimated 2017-18 price with average grant: $23,100

Early career earnings: $53,200

15. Vanderbilt University

Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $67,100 Estimated 2017-18
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Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $67,100

Estimated 2017-18 price with average grant: $24,800

Early career earnings: $57,900

14. Yale University

Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $70,100 Estimated 2017-18
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Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $70,100

Estimated 2017-18 price with average grant: $19,600

Early career earnings: $62,600

13. University of Washington

Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $28,500 Estimated 2017-18
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Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $28,500

Estimated 2017-18 price with average grant: $10,500

Early career earnings: $55,200

12. Rice University

Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $62,700 Estimated 2017-18
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Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $62,700

Estimated 2017-18 price with average grant: $24,300

Early career earnings: $63,100

11. University of Virginia

Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $31,200 Estimated 2017-18
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Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $31,200

Estimated 2017-18 price with average grant: $15,700

Early career earnings: $58,000

10. Harvard University

Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $68,600 Estimated 2017-18
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Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $68,600

Estimated 2017-18 price with average grant: $17,000

Early career earnings: $65,000

9. University of California - Davis

Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $36,300 Estimated 2017-18
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Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $36,300

Estimated 2017-18 price with average grant: $18,200

Early career earnings: $53,000

8. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $67,800 Estimated 2017-18
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Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $67,800

Estimated 2017-18 price with average grant: $23,400

Early career earnings: $77,000

7. University of California - Irvine

Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $33,900 Estimated 2017-18
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Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $33,900

Estimated 2017-18 price with average grant: $15,800

Early career earnings: $52,000

5. (tie) Stanford University

Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $68,100 Estimated 2017-18
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Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $68,100

Estimated 2017-18 price with average grant: $20,800

Early career earnings: $70,300

5. (tie) University of California - Los Angeles

Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $35,300 Estimated 2017-18
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Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $35,300

Estimated 2017-18 price with average grant: $14,900

Early career earnings: $53,300

4. University of California - Berkeley

Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $37,200 Estimated 2017-18
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Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $37,200

Estimated 2017-18 price with average grant: $17,900

Early career earnings: $62,100

3. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $29,500 Estimated 2017-18
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Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $29,500

Estimated 2017-18 price with average grant: $17,000

Early career earnings: $61,200

2. Baruch College

Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $31,400 Estimated 2017-18
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Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $31,400

Estimated 2017-18 price with average grant: $9,800

Early career earnings: $51,600

1. Princeton University

Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $65,300 Estimated 2017-18
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Estimated 2017-18 price without aid: $65,300

Estimated 2017-18 price with average grant: $19,300

Early career earnings: $67,600

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