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

7. Standford University

Location: Stanford, Calif.
Undergraduate enrollment: 6,988
Total cost: $56,008
Average need-based aid: $39,105
Average net cost: $16,903
Kiplinger's rank: #8 among private universities

Thanks to world-class academics and an idyllic, historic campus in the Palo Alto area, 34 miles from San Francisco, this outstanding university attracts top students from around the world. Its admission rate (7%) is second only to Harvard for competitiveness. Stanford is one of the relatively few elite institutions to offer merit aid (an average of $5,701), but it saves most of its largesse for students with need, in no-loan financial aid awards that average almost $40,000.

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