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Which Colleges are Most Worth Your Investment?
Paying for college has become harder than ever with tuition prices steadily increasing every year. Here are the top 10 colleges and universities that will give students the most payback on their tuition dollars, according to PayScale.com.

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College tuition may be raising at a rate much higher than inflation, but some schools may be worth the extra cost. Payscale analyzed more than 700 schools to determine students’ tuition return on investment (ROI) -

California Institute of Technology

California Institute of Technology (Caltech):

Type: Private
Category: Engineering
2010 Cost: $198,700
30 Year Net ROI: $1,713,000
Annual ROI: 12.2%

Harvey Mudd College

Harvey Mudd College:

Type: Private
Category: Engineering
2010 Cost: $203,300
30 Year Net ROI: $1,622,000
Annual ROI: 11.9%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology:

Type: Private
Category: Engineering
2010 Cost: $201,000
30 Year Net ROI: $1,518,000
Annual ROI: 11:7%

Princeton University

Princeton University:

Type: Private
Category: Ivy League
2010 Cost: $198,700
30 Year Net ROI: $1,494,000
Annual ROI: 11.7%

Stanford University

Stanford University:

Type: Private
Category: Private, Research
2010 Cost: $210,400
30 Year Net ROI: $1,478,000
Annual ROI: 11.5%

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Dartmouth College:

Type: Private
Category: Ivy League
2010 Cost: $202,300
30 Year Net ROI: $1,477,000
Annual ROI: 11.6%

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Duke University

Duke University:

Type: Private
Category: Private, Research
2010 Cost: $201,300
30 Year Net ROI: $1,419,000
Annual ROI: 11.5%

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Harvard University:

Type: Private
Category: Ivy League
2010 Cost: $202,600
30 Year Net ROI: $1372,000
Annual ROI: 11.4%

University of Notre Dame

University of Notre Dame:

Type: Private
Category: Private, Research
2010 Cost: $194,500
30 Year Net ROI: $1,356,000
Annual ROI: 11.5%

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University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania:

Type: Private
Category: Ivy League
2010 Cost: $203,900
30 Year Net ROI: $1,355,000
Annual ROI: 11.3%

Which Colleges are Most Worth Your Investment?

Paying for college has become harder than ever with tuition prices steadily increasing every year. Here are the top 10 colleges and universities that will give students the most payback on their tuition dollars, according to PayScale.com.

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