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A number of college ranking guides give Baldwin Wallace high marks combining excellence and affordability.

BW Earns Praise for Affordable Excellence, Superior Financial Literacy Support

March 15, 2016

strosacker hallBaldwin Wallace University continues to earn high marks for affordable excellence in rankings designed to help families find the right college fit. The latest publication to highlight BW’s distinctive blend of superior academics, affordability and outcomes for graduates is Kiplinger's "300 Best College Values for 2016," which features schools that meet specific quality and cost measures.

The editors note that all of the schools in Kiplinger’s rankings “offer generous need-based financial aid—often reducing the average price to about half of the published sticker price. Many also offer non-need-based aid (sometimes called merit aid), further reducing costs.”

On Many Measures: BW offers the ‘Best Bang for the Buck’

A number of other additional college guides have applauded BW for affordability and educational quality.

Four-Year Graduation Guarantee

A number of the college selection sites also give BW high marks for the Four-Year Graduation Guarantee, noting that students who take longer than four years to finish college pay more in tuition and lost career earnings.

Financial Counseling that Goes “Above and Beyond”

BW Loan Default Rate ComparisonMeanwhile, BW also earns high marks for the counseling it provides students and families as they explore and prepare to execute a sound financial plan for college.

One key for families considering federal student loans to finance a portion of tuition is the ability of the university to produce employment outcomes for graduates that support repayment. BW’s low 3.3% three-year federal loan default rate speaks to that question.

College financial firm, TG, in consultation with the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), conducted a study on the effectiveness of federal student loan counseling at colleges and universities. The resulting report, Above and Beyond: What Eight Colleges are Doing to Improve Student Loan Counseling, highlights innovative programs by a small number of institutions, including BW, that have proven to be especially successful.

BW’s financial literacy education focuses on small, in-person sessions, course integration and outreach events that take place from a student’s entrance all the way through graduation.

“When done intently, [student loan counseling] can produce a potentially clarifying and empowering experience,” TG notes in its executive summary. “The schools highlighted in this report have chosen to make extra efforts to make loan counseling more meaningful and effective.