College degree at an affordable price

College of the Ozarks is one of the nation’s best colleges for students seeking an excellent education with career preparation and at an affordable price, according to The Princeton Review.

The education services company features the college in the 2017 edition of its just published book, “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck,” released January 31, 2017.

“College of the Ozarks is proud to be recognized in this publication,” said Valorie Coleman, public relations director. “We are an official work college, so our students work rather than pay for their education. In a time when many students leave college saddled with debt, our students are able to graduate debt free. This does not go unnoticed by potential students, parents, and anyone closely examining the state of higher education in this country!”

The site lists Hard Work U. as one of nine colleges that provide rigorous academics and career prep at no cost.

“We highly recommend College of the Ozarks, and all of our Colleges That Pay You Back schools. They stand out not only for their outstanding academics but also for their affordability via comparatively low sticker prices and/or generous financial aid to students with need – or both,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior vp/publisher and lead author of the book. “Students at these colleges also have access to extraordinary career services programs from their freshman year on, plus a lifetime of alumni connections and post-grad support.”

The Princeton Review chose the schools based on ROI (return on investment) ratings it tallied for 650 schools last year. The ratings weighted 40 data points that covered everything from academics, cost, and financial aid to graduation rates, student debt, and alumni salaries and job satisfaction.

College of the Ozarks has been listed on various college rankings with The Princeton Review, including being noted as one of The Best 381 Colleges, 2017 edition. The college also received recognition from Forbes as the No. 4 Top Best Value College; the No. 1 Best Value Regional College in the Midwest, No. 4 Best Regional College in the Midwest, and one of 10 Colleges Where Graduates Have the Least Debt by U.S. News & World Report; the No. 3 Most Affordable Private College by Money magazine; and one of the Great Colleges to Work For by The Chronicle of Higher Education.