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The 25 best colleges in the US that are actually worth the cost of tuition

25. Massachusetts Maritime Academy — Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts

25. Massachusetts Maritime Academy — Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts

Estimated 2019-20 tuition, less average aid: $15,500

Percentage of students who receive grants: 48%

Average student-loan debt: $26,930

Early career earnings: $67,200

Source: Money

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24. Rice University — Houston, Texas

24. Rice University — Houston, Texas

Estimated 2019-20 tuition, less average aid: $25,800

Percentage of students who receive grants: 61%

Average student-loan debt: $11,200

Early career earnings: $69,200

Source: Money

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T23. University of Washington-Seattle Campus — Seattle, Washington

T23. University of Washington-Seattle Campus — Seattle, Washington

Estimated 2019-20 tuition, less average aid: $10,100

Percentage of students who receive grants: 44%

Average student-loan debt: $15,000

Early career earnings: $59,900

Source: Money

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T23. California State University-Fullerton — Fullerton, California

T23. California State University-Fullerton — Fullerton, California

Estimated 2019-20 tuition, less average aid: $9,100

Percentage of students who receive grants: 65%

Average student-loan debt: $14,800

Early career earnings: $49,400

Source: Money

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21. University of Florida — Gainesville, Florida

21. University of Florida — Gainesville, Florida

Estimated 2019-20 tuition, less average aid: $16,300

Percentage of students who receive grants: 83%

Average student-loan debt: $16,200

Early career earnings: $54,200

Source: Money

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20. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — Champaign, Illinois

20. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — Champaign, Illinois

Estimated 2019-20 tuition, less average aid: $17,800

Percentage of students who receive grants: 51%

Average student-loan debt: $20,130

Early career earnings: $61,000

Source: Money

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19. Duke University — Durham, North Carolina

19. Duke University — Durham, North Carolina

Estimated 2019-20 tuition, less average aid: $23,500

Percentage of students who receive grants: 53%

Average student-loan debt: $9,200

Early career earnings: $68,700

Source: Money

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18. Texas A & M University-College Station — College Station, Texas

18. Texas A & M University-College Station — College Station, Texas

Estimated 2019-20 tuition, less average aid: $20,900

Percentage of students who receive grants: 54%

Average student-loan debt: $18,520

Early career earnings: $59,000

Source: Money

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17. Yale University — New Haven, Connecticut

17. Yale University — New Haven, Connecticut

Estimated 2019-20 tuition, less average aid: $19,300

Percentage of students who receive grants: 52%

Average student-loan debt: $12,000

Early career earnings: $68,300

Source: Money

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16. California Institute of Technology — Pasadena, California

16. California Institute of Technology — Pasadena, California

Estimated 2019-20 tuition, less average aid: $26,100

Percentage of students who receive grants: 61%

Average student-loan debt: $12,180

Early career earnings: $83,400

Source: Money

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15. Vanderbilt University — Nashville, Tennessee

15. Vanderbilt University — Nashville, Tennessee

Estimated 2019-20 tuition, less average aid: $24,900

Percentage of students who receive grants: 65%

Average student-loan debt: $14,500

Early career earnings: $63,800

Source: Money

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14. Harvard University — Cambridge, Massachusetts

14. Harvard University — Cambridge, Massachusetts

Estimated 2019-20 tuition, less average aid: $18,200

Percentage of students who receive grants: 43%

Average student-loan debt: $6,100

Early career earnings: $72,600

Source: Money

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13. California State University-Long Beach — Long Beach, California

13. California State University-Long Beach — Long Beach, California

Estimated 2019-20 tuition, less average aid: $10,300

Percentage of students who receive grants: 70%

Average student-loan debt: $15,000

Early career earnings: $51,100

Source: Money

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12. University of California-Riverside — Riverside, California

12. University of California-Riverside — Riverside, California

Estimated 2019-20 tuition, less average aid: $13,200

Percentage of students who receive grants: 81%

Average student-loan debt: $19,000

Early career earnings: $54,000

Source: Money

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11. University of California-Berkeley — Berkeley, California

11. University of California-Berkeley — Berkeley, California

Estimated 2019-20 tuition, less average aid: $19,400

Percentage of students who receive grants: 57%

Average student-loan debt: $13,200

Early career earnings: $68,300

Source: Money

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10. University of Virginia — Charlottesville, Virginia

10. University of Virginia — Charlottesville, Virginia

Estimated 2019-20 tuition, less average aid: $17,700

Percentage of students who receive grants: 42%

Average student-loan debt: $19,000

Early career earnings: $62,300

Source: Money

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9. University of California-San Diego — San Diego, California

9. University of California-San Diego — San Diego, California

Estimated 2019-20 tuition, less average aid: $15,600

Percentage of students who receive grants: 58%

Average student-loan debt: $17,500

Early career earnings: $61,300

Source: Money

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8. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor — Ann Arbor, Michigan

8. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor — Ann Arbor, Michigan

Estimated 2019-20 tuition, less average aid: $17,500

Percentage of students who receive grants: 52%

Average student-loan debt: $19,150

Early career earnings: $62,000

Source: Money

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7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology — Cambridge, Massachusetts

7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology — Cambridge, Massachusetts

Estimated 2019-20 tuition, less average aid: $23,700

Percentage of students who receive grants: 68%

Average student-loan debt: $17,130

Early career earnings: $83,600

Source: Money

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6. Stanford University — Stanford, California

6. Stanford University — Stanford, California

Estimated 2019-20 tuition, less average aid: $17,700

Percentage of students who receive grants: 60%

Average student-loan debt: $11,450

Early career earnings: $76,500

Source: Money

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5. University of California-Davis — Davis, California

5. University of California-Davis — Davis, California

Estimated 2019-20 tuition, less average aid: $17,600

Percentage of students who receive grants: 67%

Average student-loan debt: $14,000

Early career earnings: $59,400

Source: Money

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4. University of California-Los Angeles — Los Angeles, California

4. University of California-Los Angeles — Los Angeles, California

Estimated 2019-20 tuition, less average aid: $15,800

Percentage of students who receive grants: 59%

Average student-loan debt: $15,000

Early career earnings: $60,000

Source: Money

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3. Princeton University — Princeton, New Jersey

3. Princeton University — Princeton, New Jersey

Estimated 2019-20 tuition, less average aid: $17,400

Percentage of students who receive grants: 58%

Average student-loan debt: $7,500

Early career earnings: $72,700

Source: Money

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2. CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College — New York, New York

2. CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College — New York, New York

Estimated 2019-20 tuition, less average aid: $4,900

Percentage of students who receive grants: 55%

Average student-loan debt: $10,720

Early career earnings: $57,100

Source: Money

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1. University of California-Irvine — Irvine, California

1. University of California-Irvine — Irvine, California

Estimated 2019-20 tuition, less average aid: $14,900

Percentage of students who receive grants: 66%

Average student-loan debt: $16,500

Early career earnings: $57,700

Source: Money

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