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2021 Best Value Information Technology Schools

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

334 Colleges
$6,135 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$39,044 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Information Technology School for You

In 2018-2019, 33,399 people earned a degree or certificate in information technology, making the major the #37 most popular in the United States.

There are so many programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Best Value Information Technology Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 334 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best value experiences for IT students with the aim of identifying those quality schools that are more affordable than some of their counterparts.

This ranking is not just a list of inexpensive schools. We also consider each school's quality, since we believe a low-quality school may not be a 'bargain' at any price. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

For nationwide and regional rankings, we use out-of-state tuition and fees in our calculations. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

2021 Best Value Information Technology Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Value Information Technology Colleges.

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality in IT

#1

Hennepin Technical College

Brooklyn Park, MN
$5,248 Average Tuition & Fees

Our 2021 rankings named Hennepin Technical College the best value school in the United States for information technology students. Hennepin Technical College is a small public school located in the large suburb of Brooklyn Park.

Hennepin Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,248 in tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that IT majors at Hennepin Technical College take out is $15,609. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $162.

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$4,208 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Brigham Young University - Idaho. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Value Information Technology Schools list. BYU - I is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Rexburg.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at BYU - I are $4,208 a year.

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#3

Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls, SD

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Southeast Technical Institute. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Value Information Technology Schools list. Southeast Technical Institute is a small public school located in the rural area of Sioux Falls.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Southeast Technical Institute are $6,448 per year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Southeast Technical Institute also did well on our Best Information Technology Schools list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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$5,014 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Collin County Community College District. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Value Information Technology Schools list. Collin County Community College District is a fairly large public school located in the midsize suburb of McKinney.

Collin County Community College District undergraduate students pay an average of $5,014 in tuition and fees each year.

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#5

Century College - White Bear Lake

White Bear Lake, MN
$5,578 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Century College - White Bear Lake. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Value Information Technology Schools list. Century College - White Bear Lake is a medium-sized public school located in the large suburb of White Bear Lake.

Century College - White Bear Lake undergraduate students pay an average of $5,578 in tuition and fees each year.

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$5,247 Average Tuition & Fees

Northcentral Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for information technology students. It came in at #6 on the list. North Central Technical College is a moderately-sized public school located in the small city of Wausau.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at North Central Technical College are $5,247 a year.

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#7

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, GA
$5,636 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #7, Gwinnett Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for information technology students. Located in the large suburb of Lawrenceville, GTC is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at GTC are $5,636 per year. While working on their degree, IT majors at GTC accumulate an average of around $13,470 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $140.

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$6,395 Average Tuition & Fees

Waukesha County Technical College landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value information technology programs. Located in the suburb of Pewaukee, WCTC is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at WCTC are $6,395 a year.

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Moraine Park Technical College ranked #9 on this year’s Best Value Information Technology Schools list. Moraine Park Technical College is a small public school located in the small city of Fond du Lac.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Moraine Park Technical College are $5,885 per year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Moraine Park Technical College also did well on our Best Information Technology Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#10

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT

Western Governors University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Value Information Technology Schools list. Located in the suburb of Salt Lake City, WGU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

WGU undergraduate students pay an average of $6,670 in tuition and fees each year.

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$5,545 Average Tuition & Fees

Minneapolis Community and Technical College ranked #11 on this year’s Best Value Information Technology Schools list. Minneapolis Community and Technical College is a moderately-sized public school located in the large city of Minneapolis.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Minneapolis Community and Technical College are $5,545 a year. IT majors at Minneapolis Community and Technical College take out an average of $19,500 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $202, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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$5,864 Average Tuition & Fees

Dakota County Technical College landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value information technology programs. Located in the rural area of Rosemount, DCTC is a public school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at DCTC are $5,864 a year. IT majors at DCTC take out an average of $17,500 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $182.

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Chippewa Valley Technical College came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Information Technology Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Eau Claire, CVTC is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at CVTC are $6,481 per year.

CVTC also claimed a spot on our Best Information Technology Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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#14

Pierce College-Puyallup

Puyallup, WA
$4,590 Average Tuition & Fees

Pierce College-Puyallup ranked #14 on this year’s Best Value Information Technology Schools list. Pierce College-Puyallup is a small public school located in the large suburb of Puyallup.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Pierce College-Puyallup are $4,590 a year.

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#15

Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Coon Rapids, MN

Anoka-Ramsey Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for information technology students. It came in at #15 on the list. Located in the suburb of Coon Rapids, Anoka-Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids Campus is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Anoka-Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids Campus are $5,207 per year.

Anoka-Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids Campus excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Information Technology Schools list.

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#16

Kirkwood Community College

Cedar Rapids, IA
$6,970 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #16, Kirkwood Community College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for information technology students. Located in the medium-sized city of Cedar Rapids, Kirkwood Community College is a public college with a large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Kirkwood Community College are $6,970 per year. After completing their degree, IT graduates from Kirkwood Community College carry an average student debtload of $18,407. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $191, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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$6,706 Average Tuition & Fees

Milwaukee Area Technical College came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Information Technology Schools ranking. MATC is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Milwaukee.

MATC undergraduate students pay an average of $6,706 in tuition and fees each year.

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$5,790 Average Tuition & Fees

Brigham Young University - Provo came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Information Technology Schools ranking. BYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Provo.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at BYU are $5,790 a year.

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$5,740 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #19, Clover Park Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for information technology students. Located in the small city of Lakewood, CPTC is a public college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at CPTC are $5,740 a year.

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With a ranking of #20, Fox Valley Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for information technology students. FVTC is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Appleton.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at FVTC are $6,688 per year.

In addition to its great value ranking, FVTC is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Information Technology Schools list.

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#21

Johnson County Community College

Overland Park, KS

Johnson County Community College came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Information Technology Schools ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Overland Park, JCCC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at JCCC are $6,690 per year.

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$4,483 Average Tuition & Fees

Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom ranked #22 on this year’s Best Value Information Technology Schools list. Located in the small city of Lakewood, Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom undergraduate students pay an average of $4,483 in tuition and fees each year.

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Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Information Technology Schools ranking. IWU is a large private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Marion.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at IWU are $9,345 per year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, IWU also is in the top 15% of our Best Information Technology Schools ranking.

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$9,600 Average Tuition & Fees

Des Moines Area Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for information technology students. It came in at #24 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Ankeny, DMACC is a public college with a very large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at DMACC are $9,600 a year.

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$7,344 Average Tuition & Fees

College of Western Idaho came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Information Technology Schools ranking. CWI is a large public school located in the rural area of Nampa.

CWI undergraduate students pay an average of $7,344 in tuition and fees each year.

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Rest of the Top Best Value Information Technology Schools

#26

Hinds Community College

Raymond, MS
#29

Saint Paul College

Saint Paul, MN
#33

Bellevue University

Bellevue, NE
#35

Southern Maine Community College

South Portland, ME
#39

Wilmington University

New Castle, DE
#40

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, AL
#42

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN
#43

Dakota State University

Madison, SD
#46

Salt Lake Community College

Salt Lake City, UT
#47

Valencia College

Orlando, FL
#49

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI
#50

Tyler Junior College

Tyler, TX

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great value schools for Information Technology students seeking value that almost earned our Best Value Information Technology Schools award.

Rank College Location
51 West Texas A&M University Canyon, TX
52 Palm Beach State College Lake Worth, FL
53 Tarrant County College District Fort Worth, TX
54 Hudson Valley Community College Troy, NY
54 St Petersburg College Clearwater, FL
56 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
57 Rasmussen College - Florida Ocala, FL
58 Lansing Community College Lansing, MI
59 Northwest State Community College Archbold, OH
60 Pima Community College Tucson, AZ
61 Seminole State College of Florida Sanford, FL
62 Franklin University Columbus, OH
63 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
64 Central Ohio Technical College Newark, OH
65 Baker College Flint, MI
66 University of Phoenix - Hawaii Honolulu, HI

Information Technology by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Information Technology is one of 10 different types of programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 76,482
Computer Science 47,906
Information Science 17,779
Computer Systems Networking 14,055
Computer Software & Applications 12,793

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Craig Dennis.

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