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2021 Best Value Construction Schools

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

9 Colleges
$9,736 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$33,450 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Construction School for You

In 2018-2019, 2,292 people earned a degree or certificate in construction, making the major the #201 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. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best Value Construction Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 9 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value programs for construction students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

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 Construction Schools in the United States

Check out the construction programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your educational dollar.

Best Schools for Affordable Quality in Construction

Our 2021 rankings named Northwest Iowa Community College the best value school in the United States for construction students. Located in the rural area of Sheldon, Northwest Iowa Community College is a public school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Northwest Iowa Community College are $6,540 a year.

Northwest Iowa Community College excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Construction Schools list.

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$6,625 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Value Construction Schools list. NWTC is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Green Bay.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at NWTC are $6,625 per year.

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$8,310 Average Tuition & Fees

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Honolulu Community College is a great value for construction students. Honolulu CC is a small public school located in the large city of Honolulu.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Honolulu CC are $8,310 a year.

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$6,660 Average Tuition & Fees

The excellent programs at Northeast Iowa Community College helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best construction schools in the United States. NICC is a small public school located in the rural area of Calmar.

NICC undergraduate students pay an average of $6,660 in tuition and fees each year.

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Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN
$8,661 Average Tuition & Fees

The excellent programs at Ivy Tech Community College helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best construction schools in the United States. Ivy Tech Community College is a fairly large public school located in the city of Indianapolis.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Ivy Tech Community College are $8,661 per year.

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#6

Colorado Mesa University

Grand Junction, CO
$21,619 Average Tuition & Fees

Colorado Mesa University landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value construction programs. Colorado Mesa is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Grand Junction.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Colorado Mesa are $21,619 a year.

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#7

Apex Technical School

Long Island City, NY
$0 Average Tuition & Fees

Apex Technical School ranked #7 on this year’s Best Value Construction Schools list. Apex Technical School is a small private for-profit school located in the large city of Long Island City.

Apex Technical School undergraduate students pay an average of $0 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their degree, construction graduates from Apex Technical School carry an average student debtload of $9,500. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $99.

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Perry Technical Institute came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Construction Schools ranking. Perry Tech is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Yakima.

Perry Tech undergraduate students pay an average of $0 in tuition and fees each year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Perry Tech also did well on our Best Construction Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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$0 Average Tuition & Fees

North American Trade Schools ranked #7 on this year’s Best Value Construction Schools list. North American Trade Schools is a small private for-profit school located in the suburb of Baltimore.

North American Trade Schools undergraduate students pay an average of $0 in tuition and fees each year. On average, construction graduates from North American Trade Schools take out $10,258 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $106, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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

Construction is one of 6 different types of programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Construction

Related Major Annual Graduates
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers 21,360
Building Management & Inspection 4,950
Carpentry 4,066
Plumbing & Water Supply 2,606
Masonry 462

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 9 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).
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