See the top 6 colleges for your money in Colorado, according to Money

DENVER — As students prepare for school in August, some are left wondering if they made the right choices on one of the most expensive decisions a family can make: college educations. 

In Colorado, six higher education institutions stand above the rest when it comes to the bang for your buck, according to TIME's Money site.

Money dug through 2,400 schools, highlighting just over 700 of the nation's best performing schools in terms of how much students will receive in return for what they spend. 

To make the list, schools must be larger than 500 students, not be in financial distress and have an above-median graduation rate. 

Money weighed quality of education, affordability (price) and outcomes (earnings) to create the list, which lists six schools in the Centennial State.

Included are: 

1.) The Colorado School of Mines — Golden. (Nat'l Rank 134 of 711)

The school costs about $33,600 without aid. Students are set to make $65,700 salaries in their early careers. 

2.) Colorado State University — Fort Collins. (Nat'l Rank 274 of 711)

The school costs about $26,300 without aid. Students are set to make $47,900 salaries in their early careers.

3.) Colorado College — Colorado Springs. (Nat'l Rank 294 of 711)

The school costs about $67,700 without aid. Students are set to make $44,600 salaries in their early careers.

4.) University of Colorado Boulder — Boulder. (Nat'l Rank 348 of 711)

The school costs about $33,100 without aid. Students are set to make $51,300 salaries in their early careers.

5.) Regis University — Denver. (Nat'l Rank 354 of 711)

The school costs about $50,800 without aid. Students are set to make $52,800 salaries in their early careers.

6.) University of Denver — Denver. (Nat'l Rank 387 of 711)

The school costs about $63,600 without aid. Students are set to make $49,300 salaries in their early careers.

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