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UNC-Chapel Hill ranks as Kiplinger's best value

CHAPEL HILL For the 13th straight time, UNC-Chapel Hill ranks as the top value in U.S. public higher education, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.

UNC-CH is featured as part of the magazine’s rankings in the February issue posted Wednesday. It is the only university on the list that meets 100 percent of students’ demonstrated financial need, the magazine said. UNC-CH students who borrow money graduate with debt levels of less than $17,000 on average, well below the national average of $29,400, Kiplinger’s said.

Several other UNC system campuses also made the list of Kiplinger’s Top 100, including: N.C. State University (16th); UNC School of the Arts (24th); UNC Wilmington (28th); Appalachian State University (30th); and UNC Asheville (58th).

The magazine assesses universities on quality and cost, looking at measures such as admission rates, retention rates, graduation rates, sticker prices, financial aid and debt level at graduation.

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