The 15 colleges where graduates earn back their tuition costs (and then some)

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Is College Tuition Worth the Cost?

College is expensive.

This, unfortunately, has become a pretty standard truth that those seeking a continued education have to accept.

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One way that most people are able to justify tuition costs is by viewing the thousands of dollars as an investment, whether the ultimate goal is to become better educated or to increase the odds of landing a great job.

Unfortunately for some, the investment doesn't necessarily pay off. Between student loans, debt, and the various costs that present themselves in the four years at a university (like textbooks, housing and food), the amount of money that gets shelled out is almost always never returned back.

Luckily, at some universities, your chances of making back the amount you spent (and then some) are much higher.

Through an analysis on data collected by Payscale, Money.com created a list of the public colleges that show the greatest return on investment.

The colleges that were considered had to have at least 80 percent of freshmen graduate within six years and at least 50 percent graduate within four years.

Some of the schools on the list are prestigious and highly reputable, while others aren't as well known.

Here are the top 15 public colleges in the US with the greatest return on investment:

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#15: University of California-Davis

20-year ROI: $514K

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#14: The College of New Jersey

20-year ROI: $516K

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#13: University of Washington

20-year ROI: $540K

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#12: James Madison University

20-year ROI: $544K

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#11: University of California-Los Angeles

20-year ROI: $555K

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#10: Rutgers University

20-year ROI: $558K

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#9: University of Maryland-College Park

20-year ROI: $560K

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#8: University of Texas

20-year ROI: $571K

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#7: SUNY-Binghamton University

20-year ROI: $604K

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#6: University of Virginia

20-year ROI: $612K

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#5: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

20-year ROI: $619K

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#4: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

20-year ROI: $633K

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#3: University of California-San Diego

20-year ROI: $643K

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#2: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

20-year ROI: $667K

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#1: University of California-Berkeley

20-year ROI: $806K

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For Money.com's full list, visit here.

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