College is expensive.
This, unfortunately, has become a pretty standard truth that those seeking a continued education have to accept.
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.
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:
For Money.com's full list, visit here.
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