UCI is named among the nation’s “Best Bang for the Buck” colleges in Washington Monthly’s new book The Other College Guide. The campus is No. 3 in the Western region and No. 1 in California for its low net price, high graduation rate and reported alumni earnings. The Other College Guide’s Western rankings include 233 public, private and for-profit colleges that help low- and middle-income students attain marketable degrees at an affordable price. The report puts UCI’s average net cost for all students at $12,960 annually and its student loan default rate at just 2 percent. UCI is praised for its generous financial aid. Thirty-five percent of UCI students receive Pell Grants, and more than half of all University of California undergraduates are eligible for the Blue & Gold Opportunity Plan, a financial aid package that covers tuition and fees for those from families earning less than $80,000 a year.