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Kiplinger: 10 Best Values in Private Colleges Under $20K

8. Thomas Aquinas College

Location: Santa Clara, Calif.
Undergraduate enrollment: 358
Total cost: $31,850
Average need-based aid: $14,407
Average net cost: $17,443
Kiplinger's rank: #61 among liberal-arts colleges

This tiny Catholic college offers a religion-based, liberal arts education and a gorgeous setting near the Los Padres National Forest, about 70 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Although the college does not offer merit aid, about three-fourths of its students qualify for need-based aid; Thomas Aquinas meets 100% of need. Students who don't qualify for financial aid benefit from the school's relatively modest sticker price, among the lowest on our lists of private colleges and universities.

(Photo by Roy Randall, Creative Commons)

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