How Do San Antonio Universities Fare In The Department Of Education's New College Scorecard?

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The U.S. Department of Education released a College Scorecard this weekend, which ranks universities by affordability and quality.

San Antonio schools on the list include the University of Texas at San Antonio, the University of Incarnate Word and Trinity.

With soaring costs of higher education and outrageous amounts of student debt in the U.S., it's important for potential college students to do their homework.

So if you're considering attending UTSA, UIW or Trinity, here's how the schools ranked on the Texas list:

For students living on campus without any financial aid, UTSA ranks 27th with a $293,000 return on investment, or ROI. Total cost averages at $80,000 with an average debt of $25,080. That's for in-state tuition. For students who are not from Texas, UTSA ranked 34th, with a $261,100 ROI and an average total cost of $111,900. Average debt was the same.

Trinity landed at 28 in this scenario, with a $281,300 ROI and a total cost of $181,700. Total debt averaged at $40,400. UIW rounded out the SA schools on this list at 51, with a $184,800 ROI and an average cost of $148,200. Average student loan debt was $28,560.

In another scenario, where students live off campus without any financial aid, UTSA ranked 20th in Texas, with a $288,000 ROI and a total cost of $85,000. Average student loan debt remained at $25,080. That's for in-state tuition. For out-of-state tuition, UTSA ranked 23rd in the state, with an ROI of $256,100 and an average total cost of $116,900. Average debt was the same.

Trinity was not included in this scenario. However, UIW was. It ranked 31st, with an ROI of $197,700 and an average total cost of $135,300, with an average loan debt of $28,560.

The last two scenarios factor in financial aid.

For students living on campus with financial aid, Trinity tops San Antonio schools. Ranked at 20th, Trinity's ROI is $362,400 with a total cost of $181,700 and an average debt of $40,400. Ninety-three percent of students receive grant money in this scenario.

In-state tuition at UTSA comes in at 29th, with an ROI of $321,200 and an average cost of $80,000, with average debt at $25,080. In this scenario, 71 percent of students received grant money. If a student is paying out-of-state tuition, UTSA is ranked 38, with an ROI of $289,300 and an average total cost of $111,900. Average loan debt and the amount of grant money was the same as the in-state tuition scenario.

UIW ranks 47th in this category, with an ROI of $241,800 and an average total cost of $148,200, with an average loan amount of $28,560 and 100 percent of students receiving grants.

The last category is for students who live off campus with financial aid.

UTSA ranks 20th for students paying in-state tuition, with an ROI of $316,200 and an average cost of $85,000. Average loan debt and amount of students receiving grant money is the same as the previous scenario. For out-of-state tuition, UTSA lands at 24, with an ROI of $284,300 and an average cost of $116,900.

Trinity is not included in this scenario, but UIW ranks 28th, with an ROI of $254,700 and an average cost of $135,300, with an average loan of $28,560 and 100 percent of students receiving grant money.

Last week, U.S. News and World Report released its rankings of the best schools in the country. Trinity topped the list of Regional Universities West. 

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