Angelo State University has been named one of the nation’s “Best Affordable Colleges” by the Colleges of Distinction print and online college guide in its inaugural list of “Affordable Colleges of Distinction for 2023.”
ASU is one of only 124 schools, representing 40 states, and one of only four Texas public universities to earn the “Affordable College of Distinction” designation.
To be eligible for the new rankings, a school must have passed the annual Colleges of Distinction qualification process, which Angelo State did by being named a national 2022-23 “College of Distinction,” earning the designation for the fifth straight year.
“Our Affordable Colleges of Distinction are not just those with a low sticker price; they exemplify a solid return on a student’s investment,” said Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer at Colleges of Distinction. “Angelo State University has shown that an engaging, real-world education doesn’t have to break the bank.”
Data for the “Affordable Colleges of Distinction” rankings was gathered from the U.S. Department of Education and its College Scorecard tool. Criteria included:
- Posted Price – maximum price for a full-time student before scholarships, grants or financial aid are applied
- Average Net Price – the average amount students pay after all types of financial aid are applied
- Median Student Loan Debt – formulated for three different family income tiers
- Return on Investment – earnings of students 10 years after college
“Annually earning the ‘College of Distinction’ designation enhances Angelo State’s reputation and national profile, giving us the opportunity to reach many more prospective students,” said ASU President Ronnie Hawkins Jr. “Being also named an ‘Affordable College of Distinction’ lets those students know that we can address any concerns they may have about paying for college or accruing debt – and that we are committed to their success as members of the Ram Family, both as students and then alumni.”
In addition to affordable tuition, Angelo State offers more than 600 different scholarship programs for eligible students, who can earn up to $52,000 over four years. Plus, students with significant financial need may qualify for free tuition through ASU’s Blue and Gold Guarantee. For the 2021-22 academic year, ASU awarded $11.9 million in scholarships and nearly $52 million in total financial aid that is classified as “gift aid” because it does not have to be repaid. Over 80% of ASU students receive some form of gift aid.
An in-depth profile of ASU is published in the 2022-23 Colleges of Distinction guidebook and on the CollegesOfDistinction.com website, which provides the information to college-bound students, their parents and high school counselors without a subscription fee.