10 colleges least likely to pay off

Higher education usually is a financially smart decision, but at some schools the return on investment can be questionable.

Scot Meyer, SwitchYard Media, Special to MSN Money

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Aug 10, 2013 1:13PM

Before any high school graduate or military veteran sits down to select a college to attend, they may want to take a look at the department of labor website.  Find out what positions, careers, jobs pay and which ones do not.  Then you select a college program.  I'm employed at a state college that recently placed all students in the liberal arts track - I guess this means you probably will never get into your chosen program because you can't get through the pre-rec's but please take this degree in liberal arts because this will be all you can get.


Select a career, know how long you will need to go to school and how much money you will need to spend.  Don't be an idiot people - education is expensive.  


And if your kids are using college as a social resort - you can tell by their grades, don't be afraid to pull them out.  Their stupidity is going to be expensive - assist them in going back when they are more mature.   



Military Veteran at the the end of a PhD program and under $200,000.  It can be done!

Aug 10, 2013 4:33PM
Universities are big businesses.  Like every other big business, they are filled with corruption and outright fraud.  They will say or do anything to get you to buy their product(s) and services.  They generally exert more effort in their sales tactics and marketing techniques than they do in providing a quality product.  Most of society has been duped into believing that having a university education indicates great intelligence, but it mostly only shows your ability to pay for the education and dedication to completing your studies.  Generally, if you actually read your books and study, you will get A's or B's.  Sad fact of the matter is:  in most subjects, the formal education is a waste of time because the professors merely read to the students verbatim from the textbooks.  Therefore, if you can read and have good reading comprehension, the higher educational process is a waste of time and money.  Unfortunately, various laws have beefed up the credentialing process for most professions.  These laws force people to obtain expensive university degrees and credit, when they would be better off studying textbooks from a test-specific reading list and then merely taking the professional exams.

Find the cheapest, properly accredited university and obtain your necessary degrees there.  Cost-effectiveness is the most important thing.  Big named universities will do little for you, unless you come from a well-connected background.
Aug 10, 2013 7:59AM
I'm glad to see Meredith College offering engineering.  Meredith was traditionally a women's college; few women get engineering degrees. 
Aug 11, 2013 12:00PM
i hate to sound like an old man, but when i was going to college we had an expression, quaint as it may have been.  it was "working my way through college."  i got a job, with some nebulous idea of what i was going to do with my life.  nonetheless, they helped me pay for college.  i graduated with 5,000 in student loan debt which was paid off in about 18 months.  it took longer, but i appreciate what i have and i worked for it.   i think this type of trajectory requires something i have noted is sadly lacking in the population headed to college nowadays-maturity.  this is a group of people who are set about having everything now, without the necessity of working for it.  too bad. 
Aug 10, 2013 7:57PM
Rather than providing pictures for low information people that have difficulty reading, text will do fine for some of us. Thank you.
Aug 11, 2013 6:03PM
These colleges may have made this awful list, but you can bet that they will get tens of thousands of student loans offered to students wanting to attend.
Watch the default rate triple in the next ten years.

Aug 11, 2013 7:37AM

Why is it that I can not advance the information on this site by clicking on the arrows time after time?

Aug 10, 2013 3:44PM

Lynn University in Boca Raton Florida should be added to this list...


its a great haven for car thieves... tons of brand new, high end luxury vehicles in their back lot with little or no security; don't worry kids your daddies will buy you new ones ;) In other words, this university is where all the spoiled, self-righteous, rich kids of the world (yes I said the world) go when they fail to get accepted into a traditional University.


Seriously though, this University is best known for stealing bodies for its Funeral Service program, but don't be surprised if they lose your diploma or forget you even graduated... it's a small University that not many people have heard of and it certainly doesn't have an organized administration. They care more about appearance than they do about their students.


Oh and did I mention its really expensive to get attend.


Aug 11, 2013 9:52PM
Go to a junior college for 2 years.  If you want to continue, then go to a state school.  You can get a good education fairly cheaply.  If that doesn't appeal to you, join the armed forces.  They can really educate you.
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