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.

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.

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