US News college rankings: Here are the Top 5 value schools

2. Harvard University

Taylor Weidman / The Christian Science Monitor / File
Harvard University tries to remain as accessible as possible to students with modest incomes by offering most of its graduates financial-aid packages that cover a generous 72 percent of total costs.

In overall quality, Harvard ranked No. 1 in the US News ranking of universities. And with a huge $26 billion endowment, it extends need-based financial grants to 60 percent of its undergraduates, which covers on average 72 percent of total annual costs. But as hard as Harvard tries to remain accessible to students who need financial help, it couldn't quite top the No. 1 value leader...

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