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U.Va., William and Mary rank high on affordability list

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The University of Virginia and College of William and Mary made the top five of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s “Best Values in Public Colleges.”

U.Va. moved up from the No. 3 spot to the No. 2. The College of William and Mary was ranked fourth.

Kiplinger ranks schools based on quality measures — such as the admission rate, test scores of incoming freshman and four-and six-year graduations rates — and compares that with cost data, including tuition, fees, room and board, and financial aid offered at each school.

The rankings determined that total cost to attend U.Va. was $22,645 for in-state students. Costs were $23,950 for the College of William and Mary.

Other Virginia schools that made the list included James Madison University at No. 20, Virginia Tech at No. 28, University of Mary Washington at No. 53, George Mason University at No. 56 and Christopher Newport University at No. 87.

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