5 of the Most Inexpensive Colleges in the U.S.

Graduates of Bowie State University put messages on their mortarboard hats during the school's graduation ceremony at the Comcast Center on the campus of the University of Maryland May 17, 2013 in College Park, Maryland. First lady Michelle Obama delivered the commencement speech for the 600 graduates of Maryland's oldest historically black university and one of the ten oldest in the country. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Around four out of every ten working American adults are college-degree holders. These degrees come with varying price tags. Ranging from a few grand per year for a low-priced two-year college to around $45,000 for a private, four-year school, according to College Board statistics published on College Data.

College can come with such a heavy price tag that if you were earn the median household income and attend a private college, you’d be spending an astonishing 88% of your income on school alone. Even if you work in one of the highest-paying jobs, paying for a college degree out-of-pocket will cost a substantial portion of your income. An oral surgeon who earns the median pay for his occupation would have to put out roughly 30% of his annual income to pay for tuition, room, board, and books at a private college.

When preparing for college, students often choose a school based on its reputation. It is a common thought that schools with big names, like the big ten schools or ivy league schools, will definitely lead a degree holder’s resume straight to the top of a pile.

But is there any truth to this? Some recruiters and other experts say no. According to a publication by the College Solution, employers seek out candidates from a variety of schools – large, small, known, and unknown. The publication adds that what you do during your time in school matters. Your achievements, credentials, and activities will set you apart from competition in the job market.

Considering school choice will not make or break your career opportunities and the cost of tuition is so incredibly high, why not go to an affordable college? Here is a list of some of the most inexpensive colleges and Universities in the U.S., based on publications by Online U and The Best Colleges.