A quarter of a million dollars! That's about how much it would cost to send your son or daughter to one of the country's top liberal arts colleges. No matter how good an education is, that's a ton of money --and probably not among the best college values. The sticker-price shock often leads parents and students to cross certain schools off the list from the get-go.

But Fool contributor Brian Stoffel shows why that might be a mistake. Taking information for a recent report by the Institution for College Access and Success, he highlights three schools that are much better deals than they might seem.

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