Pomona College's pick as one of the "best value" colleges in the nation earned the campus a recent mention on the Today Show and in USA Today.
Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president, appeared on the morning show last week to talk about the schools listed in the company's newest guidebook The Best Value Colleges: 2013 Edition, according to the college's website.
“[Princeton Review] ran the schools through 30 different factors. Academic factors, academics, costs and financial aid were the three big buckets," according to Franek. "We wanted to make sure not only that the colleges were great values academically, giving a great classroom experience, but not making their families mortgage out their futures to actually pay for college.”
Besides an on-screen mention, the show aired a graphic depicting the average financial aid for first-year students. The average need-based grants students receive total $37,639, according to the graphic. The annual cost to attends is $55,864.
“The financial aid program [at Pomona] is exceedingly generous and goes beyond just covering tuition, room and board, and fees, for which Pomona can and does meet, 100 percent of students’ demonstrated financial need," the Princeton Review guide stated about the campus. "The financial aid packages consist wholly of grants and scholarships, probably along with a campus job that you work maybe ten hours a week.”
Pomona College ranked fifth on the top 10 list of private colleges for best value. Also in the top 10 was Claremont McKenna ranked ninth. Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, and Scripps made the list of the top 75.