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Top 10 best value private colleges in America

A new ranking by Kiplinger's Personal Finance examines the best private colleges in America and then sifts them for best value. Which gives you the best education for the lowest net cost – the cost of tuition and fees after financial aid? Here are the Top 10 best values:

By Elizabeth Fuller, Correspondent

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The Swift building at Vassar College, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., as seen in 2004.

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#10 – Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Vassar College, the first accredited women's college in America, boasts a sticker price of $53,980, making it the most expensive of the Top 10. Financial aid knocks 61 percent off the cost of the now-coed college, and the average student debt upon graduation is about $19,000.

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