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Arizona universities fall down Money list of best tuition value

PHOENIX — The state universities in Arizona continue to rate unfavorably on Money magazine’s annual list of best four-year institutions for the price.

Of the 736 universities and colleges selected, the University of Arizona came in at No. 147, Arizona State fared worse at No. 354 and Northern Arizona University was near the bottom at No. 625.

The placings, released Monday, were based on graduation rates, affordability, educational quality and how much money alumni made the first few years of their careers.

Arizona earned a B plus value-added grade for its 61 percent graduation rate and average early career earnings of $49,400.

ASU was rated a B minus for its 59 percent graduation rate and $47,300 early career earnings.

NAU got a C plus for its 40 percent graduation rate and $42,600 early career earnings.

Each of the state public schools did worse than last year.