The 10 Best College Bargains in America

By Brian Reed
August 30, 2011

Like almost everything in America, the cost of college tuition increases every year.

For 2011-12, the average cost for an in-state student attending a four-year, public university hit $30,420, almost double the amount from 20 years ago. 

For out-of-state public and private university tuitions, the numbers are even more shocking -- $47,960 and $109,172 respectively. 

With bursar bills soaring sky-high and millions of post-grads struggling with student loan debt, it's more important than ever that prospective students search for true value in higher education. 

Methodology:

We determined the overall tuition costs according to the latest rankings and research from US News and World Reports and Kiplinger.com. We then consider the starting and mid-career median pay from Payscale.com for each school.

The lowest tuition costs come from in-state tuition at a public college. The quality of education and overall value of the degree received is determined by the average salaries of recent graduates and mid-career earnings

The following schools each represent an excellent value for the money, making them 10 of the best college bargains in America.