Skip to main content

Kiplinger Ranks Thomas Aquinas College in Top 10 Lowest Sticker Price

12/30/2011 - 2:18 PM PST

Catholic PRWire

SANTA PAULA, CA (December 30, 2011) - One of the nation's most trusted publishers of business forecasts and personal finance advice, Kiplinger has ranked Thomas Aquinas College on its "Top 10" list of private colleges with the lowest sticker price. Only those institutions already ranked as a "Best Value" by Kiplinger were eligible for this new ranking.

"You don't have to pay a fortune ... to attend a top-quality private college or university," says Kiplinger in introducing these Top 10 schools, each of which offers a tuition price tag well below the average of $37,000 for private college tuition. With rankings such as this one, Kiplinger helps families identify institutions that are both academically strong and affordable. This year, it is taking into account factors such as student debt, retention rates, and graduation rates, all of which impact the total cost of a college degree.

Says Thomas Aquinas College's director of admissions, Jon Daly, "We are proud of the fact that tuition, room and board at Thomas Aquinas College come to just over $30,000, especially here in California where the cost of living is among the highest in the nation." He adds that "Of special note is that we have the second lowest student debt among the 10 colleges with the lowest sticker price. All of this makes Thomas Aquinas College a great value."

From its inception, the 4-year, Catholic college has had two commitments: 1) that it would accept no direct government funding, lest it be forced to compromise its Catholic character; and 2) that no qualified student ever be turned away simply for lack of financial resources. Says President Michael F. McLean, "Our many benefactors have helped us keep both commitments by bridging the gap between what our students and their families can pay and the actual cost of this education. Because of their generosity, our students are able to avail themselves of the unique program of Catholic liberal education we offer; and they are not encumbered by crushing debt at graduation."

For more information about this report from Kiplinger, please visit To see more rankings and reviews about Thomas Aquinas College please visit

About Thomas Aquinas College
Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, Thomas Aquinas College is a four-year, Catholic liberal arts college with a fully-integrated curriculum composed of the Great Books, the seminal works in the major disciplines by the great thinkers who have helped shape Western civilization. There are no textbooks, no lectures and no electives. Instead, under the guidance of faculty members and using only the Socratic method of dialogue in classes of no more than 20, students read and discuss the original works of authors such as Euclid, Dante, Galileo, Descartes, the American Founding Fathers, Adam Smith, Shakespeare, Copernicus, Kepler, Newton, Einstein, Aristotle, Plato, St. Augustine, and of course, St. Thomas Aquinas. Graduates consistently excel in the many world-class institutions at which they pursue graduate degrees in fields such as law, medicine, business, theology and education. They have distinguished themselves serving as lawyers, doctors, business owners, priests, military service men and women, educators, journalists and college presidents.


Thomas Aquinas College  CA, 93060 US
Anne Forsyth - Director of College Relations,  805-525-4417


thomas, aquinas, college, kiplinger, top 10, lowest, sticker, price


Catholic Schools & Religious Education

Rate This Article

Very Helpful Somewhat Helpful Not Helpful at All

Yes, I am Interested No, I am not Interested

Rate Article


Leave a Comment

Comments submitted must be civil, remain on-topic and not violate any laws including copyright. We reserve the right to delete any comments which are abusive, inappropriate or not constructive to the discussion.

Though we invite robust discussion, we reserve the right to not publish any comment which denigrates the human person, undermines marriage and the family, or advocates for positions which openly oppose the teaching of the Catholic Church.

This is a supervised forum and the Editors of Catholic Online retain the right to direct it.

We also reserve the right to block any commenter for repeated violations. Your email address is required to post, but it will not be published on the site.

We ask that you NOT post your comment more than once. Catholic Online is growing and our ability to review all comments sometimes results in a delay in their publication.

Send me important information from Catholic Online and it's partners. See Sample

Post Comment

Newsletter Sign Up

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Joel 4:12-21
'Let the nations rouse themselves and march to the Valley of ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12
Yahweh is king! Let earth rejoice, the many isles be glad! ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 11:27-28
It happened that as he was speaking, a woman in the crowd ... Read More

Saint of the Day

October 10 Saint of the Day

St. Francis Borgia
October 10: Francis was a young nobleman at the court of the King of Spain. ... Read More