When choosing where to go to college, cost of tuition and future job prospects are two important factors to consider.
And while many expensive institutions are worth the investment — it's crucial to do what's right for you, after all — going to an in-state school usually guarantees that you're saving money right off the bat. Especially if that school often proves its value by leading to high-paying careers later on.
Payscale's annual College ROI Report determines the return on investment for schools across the U.S. by subtracting the cost of attendance from graduates' 20-year pay. For the report, Payscale draws its data from the approximately 1.3 million college-educated workers who successfully completed PayScale's Employee Survey over the last 10 years. Read a complete breakdown of the methodology here.
For this list, CNBC narrowed down the list to public institutions, focusing only on in-state tuition costs.
Though no one can guarantee that attending any particular school will result in the same ROI, here are 25 schools that give you a good shot.