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The Public Colleges That Pay Off The Most

Newsflash: college is expensive, even at public universities. But there are some state schools that pay off more than others.

A new ranking released Wednesday from PayScale shows which colleges and universities -- public, private, religious and secular -- that have the best return on investment.

The Huffington Post sorted through the state schools to find out which taxpayer supported colleges are paying off the most for graduates.

Below is a ranking of the public colleges with the highest return on investment. The first number listed below each school photo is the weighted total cost for a graduate based on in-state tuition rates, and the second number is the 20-year net return on investment.

  • 1 Colorado School of Mines
    $114,200 -- $783,400
    WikiMedia:
    $114,200 -- $783,400
  • 2 Georgia Institute of Technology
    $92,250 -- $755,600
    WikiMedia:
    $92,250 -- $755,600
  • 3 Massachusetts Maritime Academy
    $96,560 -- $702,100
    WikiMedia:
    $96,560 -- $702,100
  • 4 South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
    $90,330 -- $664,400
    Facebook: South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
    $90,330 -- $664,400
  • 5 Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T)
    $98,170 -- $661,000
  • 6 University of California, Berkeley
    $133,900 -- $654,400
    $133,900 -- $654,400
  • 7 California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly) - San Luis Obispo
    $103,600 -- $611,700
    $103,600 -- $611,700
  • 8 New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
    $137,700 -- $588,500
    Wikimedia Commons
    $137,700 -- $588,500
  • 9 New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech)
    $76,410 -- $588,400
    $76,410 -- $588,400
  • 10 Texas A&M University - Main Campus
    $91,040 -- $566,700
    AP
    $91,040 -- $566,700
  • 11 Virginia Tech
    $97,710 -- $560,900
    Getty Images
    $97,710 -- $560,900
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