CONNECTICUT — More than six months into the new coronavirus pandemic, colleges are struggling to resume in-person classes and, in some cases, reverting back to online courses only days into the new semester.

Such challenges raise a question: Is a college degree today worth the actual cost?

Enter Money magazine. The publication this week released its annual ranking of the best colleges for the money. The list, which includes 13 schools in Connecticut, is meant to assuage the financial anxiety associated with the high price of college in the United States.

The 2020 list includes more than 700 colleges and universities. Colleges included in Money’s rankings had to meet certain criteria, such as having a graduation rate at or above the median and having at least 500 students. Colleges were then ranked based on 26 factors in three categories: quality of education, affordability and outcomes.

Each category is weighted equally in calculating the rankings.

See the full methodology used by Money.

The following colleges in Connecticut were included on this year’s list:

  • Yale University, New Haven

  • University of Connecticut, Storrs

  • Trinity College, Hartford

  • Wesleyan University, Middletown

  • University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford

  • Albertus Magnus College, New Haven

  • Connecticut College, New London

  • Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic

  • Fairfield University, Fairfield

  • Quinnipiac University, Hamden

  • Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven

  • Sacred Heart University, Fairfield

  • University of New Haven, West Haven

According to Money, the top 10 colleges for your money are:

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

  2. Stanford University, Stanford, California.

  3. Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

  4. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

  5. Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

  6. University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

  7. Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

  8. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

  9. University of California-San Diego

  10. University of California-Davis

See the full rankings and read more about Money’s list.

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13 ways to check 'Make more money' off your to-do list this weekend
13 ways to check ‘Make more money’ off your to-do list this weekend

A weekend is 48 hours, or even longer — if you count Friday night. That gives you plenty of time to get to work and drum up some extra cash for yourself.

During these days of high unemployment and rampant business closings, thanks to COVID-19, you could probably use at least a little more money. And you may not be able to count on the government sending more of those $1,200 stimulus checks.

So, this weekend will give you an opportunity to get ahead, whether you’ve got money woes you need to address or are just looking to pad your bank account. Don’t let it slip away — and find yourself facepalming on Sunday night.

We’ve checked out a bunch of income-boosting ideas to offer you 17 legit ways you can cross “Make more money” off your list this weekend.

1. Get paid if businesses behaved badly

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Billion Photos / Shutterstock

When companies do the wrong thing, they get taken to court — and sometimes their customers get compensated.

Check to see if you qualify for reimbursement over products or services you purchased in the past that were falsely advertised, defective, or that you were overcharged for.

Recent settlements have involved companies including Apple, Tesla, Juul and others. Many class action claims can be completed online in a few minutes, though it may take up to a year to receive your rebate.

The criteria for eligibility will vary depending on the lawsuit, but in some cases you may not even need a receipt to get reimbursed. If proof of purchase is required and you can’t find your receipt, remember to check your bank and credit card statements.

2. Pay less for everything online

If you do

David Rea, president of No. 1-rated financial advisor firm Salem Investment Counselors, said that, despite the pandemic, the firm’s “ability to manage stocks and bonds and to communicate with our clients is unchanged.”

Salem Investment Counselors

Stock prices are “OK” — neither cheap nor pricy — given prevailing interest rates and other factors like federal stimulus money that’s been pumped into the U.S. economy since the spring, according to David Rea, the president of Salem Investment Counselors.

The Winston-Salem, North Carolina-based financial-advice firm ranked No. 1 on CNBC’s second annual Financial Advisor 100 list. The firm, which manages $1.75 billion in client assets, also placed first in 2019, when CNBC debuted its list of top advisors.

 “We think probably, like last year, the market’s OK,” Rea said Tuesday on CNBC’s Power Lunch program.

“When adjusted for interest rates where they are, it seems fine,” Rea said. “We’re looking at an economic reopening, I think. We’re looking at some good science on the horizon [via] probable vaccines, probably treatments [for Covid-19].”

Federal lawmakers have also injected a large amount of financial relief into the economy, Rea said.

That funding came though four bills passed in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, the largest of which, the CARES Act, offered $2.2 trillion to businesses via tax breaks and small-business loans and to individuals through stimulus checks and enhanced unemployment benefits, for example.

The Federal Reserve slashed interest rates to rock-bottom levels in March to help combat the coronavirus-induced economic crisis.

While state officials across the country closed large swaths of the economy in March to contain spread of Covid-19, many have allowed nonessential businesses to reopen.

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