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A recent study found the cost of sending a student to college grows on average 6 percent per year.

So parents and students may be happy to hear several Texas schools are considered among the top values for public universities by Kiplinger s Magazine.

In the 2013 rankings, Texas A&M ranks 18th, UT ranks 27th and The University of Texas at Dallas ranks 60th. UNC Chapel Hill takes the number one ranking again this year.

The study considered factors like tuition, financial aid and student debt as well as competitiveness, academic support and graduation rates.

This study though, paints a bleak picture of the future for students and higher education. Take a look at this:

Despite a slowly improving economy, the landscape for public colleges continues to look bleak. Having endured cuts in state appropriations over the past several years, colleges have bumped up class sizes and trimmed administrative staff. Meanwhile, the average sticker price $17,860 for in-staters and $30,911 for out-of-staters, according to the College Board climbed 4.2% and 4.1%, respectively, over last year, once again outpacing inflation and family incomes. An even bigger cause for concern: The net price (sticker price minus financial aid) for in-state students has risen for the third year in a row.


You can check out the full report here.

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