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2021 Best Value Nursing Schools in Massachusetts

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

40 Colleges
$10,634 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$70,804 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Nursing School for You

Nursing is the most popular major in Massachusetts with 6,507 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which nursing program is right for you. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools with offerings that you might find attractive.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Nursing Degree Search has created its Best Value Nursing Schools in Massachusetts ranking. This report analyzed 40 schools in Massachusetts to see which ones offered the best value programs for nursing students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

When determining this ranking, we place a high emphasis on the school's quality as well as its sticker price. Even though a college may be affordable, it may not offer value. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

Our calculations use out-of-state tuition and fees in our nationwide and regional rankings. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

2021 Best Value Nursing Schools in Massachusetts

The following schools top our list of the Best Value Nursing Colleges.

Top 10 Best Nursing Schools

#1

Bristol Community College

Fall River, MA
$5,018 Average Tuition & Fees

Our 2021 rankings named Bristol Community College the best value school in Massachusetts for nursing students. Bristol is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of Fall River.

The average tuition and fees for an in-state undergraduate at Bristol are $5,018 a year. Nursing majors at Bristol take out an average of $7,910 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $82.

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A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Quinsigamond Community College is a great value for nursing students. Quinsigamond Community College is a medium-sized public school located in the midsize city of Worcester.

In-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Quinsigamond Community College are $5,658 per year. While working on their degree, nursing majors at Quinsigamond Community College accumulate an average of around $17,171 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $178.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Mount Wachusett Community College. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Value Nursing Schools in Massachusetts list. MWCC is a small public school located in the rural area of Gardner.

In-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at MWCC are $5,668 per year. Nursing majors at MWCC take out an average of $15,934 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $165.

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$6,098 Average Tuition & Fees

Out of the 40 schools in Massachusetts that were part of this year’s ranking, Middlesex Community College landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in the large suburb of Bedford, Middlesex Community College is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an in-state undergraduate at Middlesex Community College are $6,098 a year. While working on their degree, nursing majors at Middlesex Community College accumulate an average of around $9,543 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $99, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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$5,114 Average Tuition & Fees

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Holyoke Community College is a great value for nursing students. Located in the suburb of Holyoke, Holyoke Community College is a public college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an in-state undergraduate at Holyoke Community College are $5,114 a year. While working on their degree, nursing majors at Holyoke Community College accumulate an average of around $12,639 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $131.

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$5,328 Average Tuition & Fees

Springfield Technical Community College ranked #6 on this year’s Best Value Nursing Schools in Massachusetts list. STCC is a moderately-sized public school located in the medium-sized city of Springfield.

The average tuition and fees for an in-state undergraduate at STCC are $5,328 a year. After completing their degree, nursing graduates from STCC carry an average student debtload of $10,000. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $104, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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$4,992 Average Tuition & Fees

Massasoit Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for nursing students. It came in at #7 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Brockton, Massasoit Community College is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

In-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Massasoit Community College are $4,992 per year. On average, nursing graduates from Massasoit Community College take out $8,545 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $89.

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Berkshire Community College

Pittsfield, MA
$5,492 Average Tuition & Fees

Berkshire Community College came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Nursing Schools in Massachusetts ranking. Located in the rural area of Pittsfield, BCC is a public school with a small student population.

BCC undergraduate students pay an average of $5,492 in in-state tuition and fees each year. While working on their degree, nursing majors at BCC accumulate an average of around $14,591 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $151.

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North Shore Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for nursing students. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the suburb of Danvers, North Shore Community College is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

In-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at North Shore Community College are $5,256 per year. While working on their degree, nursing majors at North Shore Community College accumulate an average of around $17,559 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $182.

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$5,280 Average Tuition & Fees

Northern Essex Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for nursing students. It came in at #10 on the list. NECC is a small public school located in the large suburb of Haverhill.

NECC undergraduate students pay an average of $5,280 in in-state tuition and fees each year. While working on their degree, nursing majors at NECC accumulate an average of around $15,937 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $165.

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Best Value Nursing Colleges in the New England Region

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State Degrees Awarded
New Hampshire 2,009
Vermont 364
Connecticut 2,984
Maine 1,025
Rhode Island 1,064

Nursing Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Registered Nursing 251,279
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 15,536
Nursing Administration 9,071
Other Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 6,319
Nursing Practice 6,250
Nursing Science 4,704
Nurse Anesthetist 2,031
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing 2,012
Nursing Education 1,991
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing 1,266
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing 1,022
Critical Care Nursing 643
Clinical Nurse Leader 527
School Nursing 523
Nurse Midwife/Nursing Midwifery 475
Geriatric Nurse/Nursing 464
Clinical Nurse Specialist 428
Perioperative/Operating Room and Surgical Nurse/Nursing 236
Maternal/Child Health and Neonatal Nurse/Nursing 211
Emergency Room/Trauma Nursing 37
Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing 35
Palliative Care Nursing 23

Related Major Annual Graduates
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 93,192

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Aleksahgabrielle.

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