The 10 Most Affordable Public Colleges

While most college tuition is high, there are a few schools out there where students can obtain a bachelor's degree under $16,000. Check out these ten colleges where you can pursue higher education without busting your budget.

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Getting a good education doesn't have to mean spending a fortune. The U.S. Department of Education's College Affordability and Transparency Center has identified 4-year colleges and universities that offer high-quality education programs at bargain prices. Here are ten schools which, after applying some commonly available school grants, have annual net costs of under $4,000.

1. Sitting Bull College

Annual net cost: $483

Sitting Bull College is located on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in Fort Yates, North Dakota. Many of its programs are only two years in length, but 4-year degrees are offered in seven fields, including education, business, environmental science and general studies. Although situated on a reservation, the school welcomes people of all races and nationalities.

2. South Texas College

Annual net cost: $1,483

South Texas College offers bachelor's degree programs in organizational leadership, computer and information technologies, technology management and health services management. Located in McAllen, Texas, the school features small class sizes, flexible schedules and engaging extracurricular activities on campus.

3. Indian River State College

Annual net cost: $1,846

This Fort Pierce, Florida college awards bachelor's degrees in 12 fields, including organizational management, digital media, biology, nursing and education. The college was one of ten national finalists for the Aspen Prize for Excellence and was one of 13 colleges chosen nationwide for the Achieving the Dream program, so the neat little price tag does not represent a dearth in academic success.

4. Elizabeth City State University

Annual net cost: $1,993

Home to a number of historic campus buildings, Elizabeth City State University is located in the idyllic North Carolinian town that is its namesake. The school offers well-known programs in aviation studies, pharmacy and education. The Student Activities Committee, poetry club and Let's Get Active clubs offer plenty of opportunity for students to get involved on campus.

5. Augusta University

Annual net cost: $2,323

Previously known as Georgia Regents University, this school has since adopted the name of its hometown. The university offers more than 100 programs through nine colleges. While the majority of programs involve Bachelor's degrees, there are several Master's and Doctoral programs, and even an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice.

6. University of Texas - Pan American

Annual net cost: $2,485

The University of Texas - Pan American has more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree options in wide-ranging disciplines, including business, education and health. Other attractive features at the school include a visionary Student Union, a thriving Greek system, athletics leagues and diverse student groups.

7. Palm Beach State College

Annual net cost: $2,647

Palm Beach State College features four campuses on southeastern Florida's tropical shoreline. The school awards bachelor's degrees in nursing and applied science. Students can enjoy on-site fitness centers and massage therapy services.

8. California State University - Dominguez Hills

Annual net cost: $2,791

Business, liberal arts and nursing are among the most popular undergraduate programs at this school in Carson, California, which is near Los Angeles. Featuring a multicultural atmosphere, Cal State Dominguez Hills has students from more than 90 countries. Campus highlights include the Home Depot Center for sports.

9. Oglala Lakota College

Annual net cost: $3,324

This tribal college in South Dakota has 13 associate's degree programs, 12 bachelor's programs and even a couple of master's programs. The campus hosts a museum center detailing the history of the Oglala Lakota people through the 1800s.

10. Haskell Indian Nations University

Annual net cost: $3,831

Haskell is another tribal university, this time situated in Kaw Valley of Lawrence, Kansas. Admission is only open to students of Native American descent. The historic campus has been an educational facility of one sort or another since 1884.

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