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While the value of a good education arguably can’t be counted in dollars, your salary after graduation certainly can. The result is that sometimes, the cost of attending college can actually outweigh the long-term benefits. So which colleges are worth the bill, and perhaps more importantly, which aren’t?

Last week, Payscale.com released their annual survey of the return on investment (ROI) for students at over 1500 colleges and universities across the country, showing which schools offer students the biggest returns on their financial investments, and which schools may have you receiving a substantially smaller paycheck to pay off your loans with.

While certain schools offer up a hefty ROI, particularly schools in the Ivy League, a few others offered up a negative ROI, meaning that their initial investment in the form of tuition left students with high amounts of debt and little in the way of true financial gain.

For the bottom 5 schools, Payscale found that five colleges in particular offered up the worst ROI for its graduates. Although students leaving these schools enter into traditionally respectable professions like education, criminal justice, and social work, which are typically some of the most underpaid careers. Additionally, a majority of the colleges on the list tout relatively low graduation rates, such as Miles College, which sees only 20 percent of its students leave with a diploma.

5 Worst Colleges for Return on Investment

  • Florida Memorial University
    Miami Gardens, Fla.

    Overall Graduation Rate: 42 percent
    2012 Cost: $116,000
    30-year net ROI: -$136,000

    “This private, historically black college graduates a large percentage of its student body into criminal justice, social work and psychology — fields with large societal benefits but limited financial benefits. These grads are making the world a better place, but they aren’t making a ton of money.”- Payscale

  • University of Maine at Presque Isle
    Presque Isle, Maine

    Overall Graduation Rate: 30 percent
    2012 Cost: $79,330
    30-year net ROI: -$124,000

    “The University of Maine at Presque Island is the only state school to make it into our bottom five. Most likely it’s because this school produces lots of teachers, a profession which is notoriously underpaid.” – Payscale

  • Miles College
    Fairfield, Ala.

    Overall Graduation Rate: 20 percent
    2012 Cost: $92,280
    30-year net ROI: -$136,000

    “Similar to other schools at the bottom, common majors for graduates include education, criminal justice and social work — majors known to be woefully underpaid in today’s society.” – Payscale

  • Valley Forge Christian College
    Phoenixville, Pa.

    Overall Graduation Rate: 55 percent
    2012 Cost: $114,100
    30-year net ROI: -$178,000

    “When the total weighted cost to attend this small religious school in Pennsylvania adds up to $114,000, and the most popular degrees awarded are in religious studies, it’s no mystery why the ROI on this school is so low. Students here pursue noble studies, but they don’t earn the big bucks with an education in theology.”
    - Payscale

  • Art Institute Of Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh, Pa.

    Overall Graduation Rate: 37 percent
    2012 Cost: $155,000
    30-year net ROI: -$228,000

    “Evidently, the whole starving artist stereotype exists for a reason. For the second year in a row, an art school gets the lowest marks in return on investment. For those who graduate from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh (and keep in mind that the graduation rate is only 37 percent) after 30 years on the job, our figures predict an ROI of negative $228,000.” – Payscale