The 10 colleges in America that give low-income students the most bang for their buck

MIT campusFlickr via AranhaMIT was No. 1 on our list.

Student-loan debt in the US continues to skyrocket. And at $1.2 trillion, it now exceeds car loans and credit-card debt figures.

More now than ever, it seems that college students must think carefully about which college to attend and the future earning power of their degrees.

With that in mind, the US Department of Education (ED) compiled a list of schools “with low costs that lead to high incomes.” The ED selected four-year institutions that have low costs for low-income students, and where the median earnings of students 10 years after entering the school were high.

Business Insider ranked these school based on the differential between how much it costs to attend the school and the median earnings figure.

Take a look below to see the 10 best-value schools for low-income students. “Median earnings” refers to the median earnings for students 10 years after starting the school, and “average price” refers to the average price for low-income students.

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