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Unfortunately, it’s a reality that education costs continue to rise. Add to that the fact that student debt is rising at an alarming cost and that recent college graduates are having trouble securing full-time jobs, and it’s easy to question whether a college degree is still really worth it. Here at The Prospect we do believe that education is worth the investment, but we are also aware of how hard it is fund a college degree these days. This is way we came up with this list: colleges that offer quality education at an affordable price (yes, they still exist!).

Wayne State College

Wayne State College is a medium public institution in the Midwest that offers liberal arts and education degrees. Its in-state tuition and fees are$5,604 and out-of-state tuition and fees are $9,804. Wayne State College has the region’s most affordable tuition, and most of the students receive some sort of financial assistance. Popular majors include Education, Business, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Communications and Biological Sciences. If you are interested in med school, check out the Rural Health Opportunities Program, a cooperative program between the Nebraska state colleges and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) that intends to educate students from rural Nebraska who will return to practice in rural areas of the state. Students in this program receive a tuition waiver at WSC and guaranteed admission to the UNMC medical program.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is a public research university in south Louisiana. Its in state tuition and fees are $6,949 and out-of-state tuition and fees are $19,349, but many out-of-state students and international students receive out-of-state tuition fee waivers. The school has been named the most affordable university in Louisiana, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency List. UL Lafayette has over 80 majors and 30 graduate programs, and popular majors include Business/Marketing, Education, Health Professions, and Engineering. If you are interested in engineering, the UL College of Engineering may be a great fit for you, with six departments, many research opportunities, leadership development, and several specialty minors.

Northern State University

Northern State University is a small public university and liberal arts college in Aberdeen, SD. Its in state tuition and fees are $7,563 and its out-of-state tuition and fees are $10,043. NSU offers bachelor’s degrees in 41 areas of study in four different departments. Popular majors include business, education, biology, and visual and performing arts. This school has been recognized as one of the best and most affordable universities in the Midwest. Northern State University has the largest guaranteed scholarship in South Dakota and it’s awarded according to ACT scores. The university also has an impressive study abroad program, offering programs at 48 different universities in 18 different countries.

West Texas A&M University

West Texas A&M University is a medium-sized public university. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,371 and its out-of-state tuition and fees are $8,322. West Texas A&M University offers 62 undergraduate programs in five different colleges.  Some majors include agriculture, business, education, fine arts, nursing, and political science. The university has a guaranteed tuition funding program for Texas residents that covers fall and spring tuition and fees for undergraduate students who have an annual family income of $40,000 or less. An internship program is offered in Washington D.C. where students spend a semester working in Congressman Mac Thornberry’s office.

Minot State University

Minot State University is a public university and liberal arts college located in the Northwest region of North Dakota. Popular majors include business, marketing, education, health professions, and public administration and social services. Its in-state and out-of-state tuition and fees are $6,226. Minot State University has cooperative partnerships with universities around the world where students and faculty can participate in exchanges and collaborate with research. The Office of International Programs also has a great study abroad program, where students can travel to at and study at many different countries.

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Clarissa Gallardo is a sophomore at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Originally from Panama City, Panama (only place in the world where you can see the sun rise in the Pacific and set on the Atlantic!), she is majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Mathematics and Ballet. A member of the Honors Program and dancer at heart, you can find her studying at the library, scrolling through her Tumblr feed , dancing, or reading. Clarissa has a really bad case of wanderlust and is obsessed with white chocolate mochas, The Big Bang Theory, and Doctor Reid from Criminal Minds. You can follow her on Twitter and on Tumblr.

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