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

3. Princeton University

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Before going to the Federal Reserve Board in 2002 and later becoming its chairman, Ben Bernanke (shown here giving testimony before a House committee in July) chaired the economics department at Princeton University.

The school offers need-based grants to 59 percent of its 5,100 undergraduates. The average grant covers a generous 69 percent of total schools costs. Tuition and fees run $36,640 a year, which over the years has fueled an institution that has hosted some pretty famous people over the years, from Albert Einstein to former economics professor Ben Bernanke.

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