Louisiana In Bottom Third of Best States for Higher Education List
I'm sure our LSU alum will fight this one to the death.
I will always look back at my college years fondly. Those were some of the best years of my life and I would recommend the college experience to anyone, no matter their age. However, I know that higher education can be quite expensive.
Some states are better suited for college than others.
SmartAsset broke this down again for the fourth year in their annual "Top States for Higher Education" list. There were five specific factors that went into determining the best states for furthering your education; "student-to-faculty ratio, average net price, undergraduate graduation rate, in-state attendance rate and the 20-year return on investment."
Louisiana came in at number 35 on the list.
That's good enough for the bottom third. SmartAsset awarded Louisiana a C- grade. Much of it has to do with our average 46% graduation rate, which is below the national average (52%), and a relatively small return on investment number, $289,737 over 20 years. Many of the top states surpassed the $400,000-mark for ROI and the national average is $314,785.
But you know what they say in college, right? C's get degrees!