BRADENTON -- For the 13th consecutive year, Kiplinger's Personal Finance includes New College of Florida as one of the nation's best values in higher education.
The magazine ranked New College No. 14 on its list of the 100 best values in public colleges for 2016.
Kiplinger says its rankings "highlight public schools, private universities and private liberal arts colleges that combine outstanding academics with affordable cost." When a school appears on the list multiple times, it is a "testament to the consistent value these colleges provide," Kiplinger said.
Kiplinger found that New College is a tremendous value for Florida students:
New College ranked No. 7 among the nation's public colleges for the lowest total cost to in-state students after awarding need-based financial aid, and 13th for cost per year without financial aid.
It also found that New College was an excellent choice for any students, from any state, hoping to minimize student loan payments:
New College ranked No. 6 among public colleges for lowest total debt at graduation, and No. 20 among all colleges, public and private.
Kiplinger derives 55 percent of a college's grade from academic quality measures, such as graduation rate, freshman retention and incoming students' test scores. The rest of the grade comes from financial criteria, such as cost, financial aid and student debt.