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.
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.