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Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains in Dahlonega, Ga., about an hour's drive north of Atlanta, North Georgia College & State University stands on what was once the U.S. Mint's Dahlonega location. The steeple of Price Memorial Hall is covered with gold leaf, harking to the town's gold-rush history.
The below-average cost of attendance ($14,382, compared with the $17,860 average for public colleges), as well as the generous HOPE scholarship available to in-state students, allow students to graduate with an average of only $10,128 in debt, less than half the national average and the lowest amount on our list
1. North Georgia College & State University