Students at Penn State pay the highest tuition bill in the country among four-year public colleges according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Education.

The average tuition cost rose 15 percent between 2008 and 2010, which in large part was driven by cuts in appropriations.

“We are seeing some alarming trends,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a Tuesday conference call. “Deep budget cuts are unfortunately helping to drive up the cost of college.”

The department's "College Affordability and Transparency Center" website details which colleges have the highest and lowest tuition. The website includes the new data released this week and can be sorted by the either tuition price or net cost to attend.

Take a look at the public four-year colleges with the highest tuition sticker price, but remember that the price does not include room, board or fees.

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  • Pennsylvania State University - $15,250

    Photo Credit: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Penn_state_old_main_summer.jpg" target="_hplink">George Chriss</a>

  • University Of Pittsburgh - $14,936

    Photo Credit: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:StephenFosterWinter.jpg" target="_hplink">Crazypaco</a>

  • University Of Vermont - $14,066

    Photo Credit: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:UVM_Old_Mill_building_20040101.jpg" target="_hplink">Jared C. Benedict</a>

  • University Of New Hampshire - $13,672

    Photo Credit: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:CongreveAcrossTHall.JPG" target="_hplink">Kylejtod </a>

  • St. Mary's College of Maryland - $13,630

    Photo Credit:<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Garden_of_remembrance.jpg" target="_hplink"> Mornamol</a>

  • Colorado School of Mines - $13,425

    Photo Credit:<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Colorado_School_of_Mines_Engineering_hall.jpg" target="_hplink"> ChrisEngelsma</a>

  • New Jersey Institute of Technology - $13,370

    Photo Credit: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Eberhardt_Hall_NJIT_jeh.JPG" target="_hplink">Jim.henderson</a>

  • The College of New Jersey - $13,293

    Photo Credit: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kendall_Hall_TCNJ.jpg" target="_hplink">Tcnjlion</a>