Tougaloo Named Among America’ Best Value Colleges


Tougaloo College is a 2020 Best Value School Awardee, with students receiving a unique educational experience centered around academic excellence, social responsibility and social justice for less than $20,000 per year.


Back in 2012 a group of higher education experts, led by former university CEO Joseph Schmoke, created the Best Value School Awards. The goal was to develop a special list, not another ranking but a refreshing look at good, reasonably priced schools. Further, the experts insisted each school be endorsed by a strong majority of their students and alumni. In all cases, these Best Value award recipients were identified as affordable – as in true, net, out-of-pocket costs, including financial aid that does not drown students in debt – with highly regarded faculty and well-rated among students for both academic and student life. Find Tougaloo College amongst the 2020 Ninth Edition of Best Value School Awards at

Included in the comprehensive list are colleges with enrollments of 500 to 60,000 students, with online-only, classroom-only, or a combination of both. There are colleges for women, colleges for Christians, and colleges that offer locations that appeal to outdoors-types. Academic programs vary from associate degrees to doctorates and certificate-only courses for specialized skills like coding. Annual cost for full time degree programs vary, with most in the $18,000-$20,000 range. Special skills programs cost far less. Most institutions on the list offer special financial aid including grants and scholarships; in most cases all you need to do is ask.

Founded by former college and university presidents and CEOs, and advised by experienced academics and outside experts, Best Value Colleges has awarded its Best Value School designations since 2012. The full list of the 100 college and university awardees can be found at