The 10 Cheapest Public Colleges In The Country

04/24/2012 09:18 am ET | Updated Apr 30, 2012

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:

The cheapest public colleges in the country - 2012

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