Scholastic sticker shock got you down during the college admissions process? Bypass the $50,000 student loan and check out MoJo's selection of great schools that won't break the bank.
Sonoma State University (CA)
Tuition: $2,754 in-state/$8,334 out-of-state
Best value for: Pinot-loving building nerds
Most famous for its wine-business program, Sonoma State is also home to the Environmental Technology Center, a sustainable-architecture think tank where students can learn the basics of green building.
Tuition: $2,844-$9,792 on a three-tier scale, depending on how much Indian heritage you can claim
Best value for: Students hoping for a different kind of res. life
Located on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Pablo, Montana, SKC, considered one of the country's best tribal colleges, has a great Native American Studies Program (PDF), with classes like Hide Tanning, Drumming & Singing, and Coyote Stories.
University of Montevallo (AL)
Best value for: Swamp things
Alabama's only public liberal arts college. Montevallo's Ebenezer Swamp Ecological Preserve and wetlands research center make this school a good choice for aspiring naturalists.
Bethel College (KS)
Best value for: Students who want to give peace a chance
This small Mennonite college houses the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, where undergrads can earn a certificate in conflict mediation in addition to their diploma.
Best value for: Take-charge types with a conscience
At this highly selective public liberal arts college in New York's Finger Lakes region, students can learn to be ethical leaders through workshops and service-learning projects offered by the Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership Development (GOLD) program.
Tuskegee University (AL)
Best value for: Students who want to heal historical wounds