Everyone seems to be talking about the exorbitant cost of higher education lately.
Over the past few years, states have made higher education a target for budget cuts. The 2011-12 year saw a 7.6 percent slump in state support for public higher ed, the largest decline in a half century. Tuition hikes have inevitably followed. Total student debt now tops $1 trillion.
However, there is some good news to report.
According to data from the Department of Education, a number of public colleges still retail for a reasonable average net price.
The average net price refers to the amount in-state students pay after taking grant aid from all sources and federal education tax credits. So while some of these schools may have a higher sticker price, students usually pay a lot less.
Have a look at the 10 cheapest public colleges: