Here Are The 18 Most Expensive Public Colleges

07/02/2014 03:21 pm ET | Updated Jul 02, 2014
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This week, the U.S. Department of Education released its annual list of the country's most expensive colleges. And the winner for four-year public college with highest tuition is -- drumroll please -- the University of Pittsburgh at $16,590 per year.

The new data reveal that tuitions of public, four-year colleges rose from 2010-11 to 2012-13 by an average of 13 percent. The University of Pittsburgh beat out Penn State University, the former most expensive school, though several PSU campuses remain toward the top of the list.

The tuition numbers include required fees, and net price is the cost of attendance minus grant and scholarship aid, according to the Department of Education College Affordability and Transparency Center website. The data reported is for full-time beginning students.

Check out the list below to see the 18 public colleges with the highest annual tuition prices:

  • 1 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus - $16,590
    Courtesy: University of Pittsburgh
  • PA
  • 2 Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus - $16,444
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  • PA
  • 3 University of New Hampshire-Main Campus - $16,422
    Courtesy: University of New Hampshire
  • NH
  • 4 Colorado School of Mines - $15,654
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  • CO
  • 5 University of Vermont - $15,284
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  • VT
  • 6 St. Mary's College of Maryland - $14,773
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  • MD
  • 7 New Jersey Institute of Technology - $14,740
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  • NJ
  • 8 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - $14,522
    Courtesy: University of Illinois
  • IL
  • 9 The College of New Jersey - $14,378
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  • NJ
  • 10 Pennsylvania College of Technology - $14,370
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  • PA
  • 11 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks - $13,900
    Courtesy: Penn State Berks
  • PA
  • 12 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg - $13,900
    Courtesy: Penn State Harrisburg
  • PA
  • 13 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend College - $13,900
    Courtesy: Penn State Behrend
  • PA
  • 14 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona - $13,900
    Courtesy: Penn State Altoona
  • PA
  • 15 University of California-Davis - $13,877
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  • CA
  • 16 Virginia Military Institute - $13,760
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  • VA
  • 17 University of New Hampshire at Manchester - $13,757
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  • NH
  • 18 University of California-Santa Barbara - $13,671
    Courtesy: University of California-Santa Barbara
  • CA

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