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Higher education is important for many well-paying jobs, but it costs a lot upfront. Like, a lot upfront.

You do not want to waste that cash, so we’ve compiled a list of the four-year institutions in each state that offer the worst bang for your buck.

These college and university rankings are based on publicly available data including employment rates, earnings and the prices after financial aid. We also used the site College Factual for numbers on student loan debt and default rates.