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Top Public Colleges With Lowest Student Debt Levels

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GraduationKiplinger’s Magazine released its Best Values in Public Colleges this week, an evaluation of the top public schools with high academic quality (e.g. student-faculty ratios, admission exam scores and graduation rates), and affordability (e.g. tuition, room and board and total debt level of graduates).

I’ve organized the list by my favorite variable – graduation debt levels. Here are the top 10 value schools from the list with the lowest levels of student debt at graduation. All are less than $15,000 – less than the national average college graduation student loan level of around $24,000, according to the Project on Student Debt.

1. California State University, Long Beach
Average Debt at Graduation: $10,927

2. Towson University, Towson, MD
Average Debt at Graduation: $13,245

3. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Average Debt at Graduation: $14,262

4. The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA
Average Debt at Graduation: $14,310

5. University of California, Berkeley
Average Debt at Graduation: $14,493

6. State University of New York, Binghamton
Average Debt at Graduation: $14,560

7. The University of North Carolina, Asheville
Average Debt at Graduation: $14,596

8. San Diego State University, San Diego
Average Debt at Graduation: $14,700

9. University of Georgia, Athens
Average Debt at Graduation: $14,766

10. New College of Florida, Sarasota
Average Debt at Graduation: $14,794

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