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The online magazine Salon recently reported that over the last 30 years, the cost of one year at college has increased by a staggering 1,200 percent. There are many cases where instead of a four-year education, the student could have purchased a house! Also, since most students must take out loans to finance their higher education, there is both principal and interest to repay.

In recent years, many students are rethinking their educational choices and opting to attend public colleges and universities. Public institutions receive the majority of their funding from the state. This means that most of their budget is secure. Therefore, they can afford to offer lower tuition costs to state residents.

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Besides improving your finances, public institutions have several other benefits. One is that the student populations are more diverse. This makes it much more likely that you will find similar people to study and hang out with. Another plus is that state universities generally offer greater academic choice. Since they are typically larger than private universities, state institutions of higher education can offer a wider range of study programs and access to a larger group of professors.

The education division of U.S. News and World Report recently ranked U.S. national universities. Arizona State University and the University of Arizona were both included on their list of the top public schools -- so there is no shortage of quality public education in the field of nursing.

Want to study without breaking the bank? The following are public Arizona nursing schools from which you can choose.

Phoenix metro area

Arizona State University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing; Doctor's in Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education; Doctor's in Nursing Practice; Graduate Certificate in Nursing Research
Central Arizona College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
East Valley Institute of Technology
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant; Certificate in Patient Care Aide
Estrella Mountain Community College
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant; Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
GateWay Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing; Certificate in Perioperative, Operating Room, and Surgical Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing (Fast Track); Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Glendale Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Maricopa Skill Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Mesa Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Paradise Valley Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Phoenix College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Scottsdale Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Southwest Skill Center - Estrella Mountain Community College
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant

Tucson

Pima Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Pima Community College - Center for Training and Development
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Pima Community College - West
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
University of Arizona
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Doctor's in Registered Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Family Practice Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing; Doctor's in Nursing Practice

Other Arizona cities

Arizona Western College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Cochise College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Coconino Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Associate's in Nursing Assistant; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Eastern Arizona College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Mohave Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing (Step Out)
Northern Arizona University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Master's in Public Health and Community Nursing
Northland Pioneer College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Yavapai College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
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