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The 15 public colleges where students go on to earn the most money

New Jersey Institute of Technology
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New Jersey Institute of Technology

Public colleges cost significantly less than private colleges but that doesn't mean you can't go on to earn a high salary after attending one.

To round up a list of the public schools that produce the highest-earning alumni, we used the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard. The tool provides a variety of data on thousands of colleges, including the median earnings of federally aided students 10 years after enrolling and the average annual cost of attending.

For our ranking, we restricted the list to bachelor's degree-granting institutions and excluded special focus institutions.

Scroll down to see the 15 public colleges where students go on to earn the most money and the average annual cost of each school, which the U.S. Department of Education defines as "the average annual net price for federal aid recipients, after aid from the school, state or federal government. For public schools, this is only the average cost for in-state students."

15. University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

Average annual cost: $13,399

Median annual earnings 10 years after enrolling: $59,600

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University of California, Los Angeles
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University of California, Los Angeles

14. University of Virginia

Charlottesville, Virginia

Average annual cost: $17,863

Median annual earnings 10 years after enrolling: $60,100

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University of Virginia lawn on campus
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University of Virginia lawn on campus

13. University of Maryland, College Park

College Park, Maryland

Average annual cost: $15,817

Median annual earnings 10 years after enrolling: $60,500

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University of Maryland College Park
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University of Maryland College Park

12. University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

Average annual cost: $13,707

Median annual earnings 10 years after enrolling: $60,800

Read more about UC Berkeley.

University of California at Berkeley
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University of California at Berkeley

11. Michigan Technological University

Houghton, Michigan

Average annual cost: $14,336

Median annual earnings 10 years after enrolling: $61,400

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Michigan Technological University
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Michigan Technological University

10. California Polytechnic State University

San Luis Obispo, California

Average annual cost: $18,047

Median annual earnings 10 years after enrolling: $61,800

Read more about Cal Poly.

California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
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California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo

9. Missouri University of Science and Technology

Rolla, Missouri

Average annual cost: $14,874

Median annual earnings 10 years after enrolling: $64,100

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Missouri University of Science and Technology
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Missouri University of Science and Technology

8. New Jersey Institute of Technology

Newark, New Jersey

Average annual cost: $18,205

Median annual earnings 10 years after enrolling: $64,500

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New Jersey Institute of Technology
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New Jersey Institute of Technology

7. Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts

Average annual cost: $15,785

Median annual earnings 10 years after enrolling: $69,000

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Massachusetts Maritime Academy
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Massachusetts Maritime Academy

5. SUNY Maritime College (TIE)

Throggs Neck, New York

Average annual cost: $18,431

Median annual earnings 10 years after enrolling: $74,500

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The north gate of SUNY Maritime College is shown in the Bronx borough of New York.
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The north gate of SUNY Maritime College is shown in the Bronx borough of New York.

5. Georgia Institute of Technology (TIE)

Atlanta, Georgia

Average annual cost: $10,994

Median annual earnings 10 years after enrolling: $74,500

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Campus of Georgia Tech
Campus of Georgia Tech

4. Colorado School of Mines

Golden, Colorado

Average annual cost: $25,777

Median annual earnings 10 years after enrolling: $75,700

Read more about CSM.

Colorado School of Mines
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Colorado School of Mines

3. Maine Maritime Academy

Castine, Maine

Average annual cost: $20,861

Median annual earnings 10 years after enrolling: $78,800

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Maine Maritime Academy
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Maine Maritime Academy

2. California Maritime Academy

Vallejo, California

Average annual cost: $15,472

Median annual earnings 10 years after enrolling: $79,400

Read more about Cal Maritime.

California State University Maritime Academy
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California State University Maritime Academy

1. United States Merchant Marine Academy

Kings Point, New York

Average annual cost: $5,538

Median annual earnings 10 years after enrolling: $82,000

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U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
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