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Colleges With The Biggest PAYOFF (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 06/28/10 05:48 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 05:55 PM ET

With the ever-rising cost of a college degree and the dearth of jobs for graduates, many have begun questioning the worth of higher education. Compensation data site PayScale has taken some uncertainty out of the equation by completing an in-depth tabulation of more than 850 colleges' ROI, or return on investment, scores. ROI takes the price of a school's degree and compares it to how much that school's graduates earn on average, producing perhaps the truest measure of a school's value. Using 1.4 million reports, they calculated which colleges give the most bang for their buck.

We've highlighted the 13 schools with the top ROI scores below. See Payscale's complete list here, including a breakdown of the public and private schools with the highest ROIs.

And over at BusinessWeek, there's a state-by-state breakdown of PayScale's data, with a slideshow featuring the best-value school in each state.

Is this list surprising to you? Has your college degree given you a worthy ROI? Let us know in the comments section.

Massachusetts Institute Of Technology
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Annual ROI: 12.6%
30-Year ROI (in 2010 dollars): $1,688,000
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