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The Best Education (Stocks) Money Can Buy

Investing in these five firms could help pay for tuition someday.

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Very few people question the value of a good education, and neither do we at Morningstar. A big part of our mission is educating investors so that they can make rewarding financial decisions that will help build wealth over the long run. We achieve this through a variety of offerings, including our Analyst Reports and our Investing Classroom on Morningstar.com.

In fact, we appreciate not only the value of education, but also the value in education. There are about 25 education companies in Morningstar's database of more than 7,000 stocks, and several of these have earned investors fantastic returns. For example,  Apollo Group (APOL) has returned more than 33% annually over the past decade, while the S&P 500 has gained just above 9%.  DeVry (DV) and  Washington Post Co (WPO)--which owns Kaplan--are two more education stocks that have bested the market in the preceding decade, while  Strayer Education (STRA)--which hasn't traded publicly for a full decade--has trounced the market in the time it's been public.

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Jonathan Schrader does not own shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.