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."