The 10 computer science programs with the biggest payoff

New data reveal which schools offer the best dollar-for-dollar return on your investment in a computer science degree in 2014

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Choosing to major in computer science is clearly a smart career move these days, but which college CS program offers the best return on your educational investment? That can now be determined using PayScale's recently released 2014 College ROI Report. The report calculates an annual return on your college investment based on the total costs (tuition, room, board and supplies minus the average financial aid award) to get a bachelor's degree at hundreds of colleges and the total expected income graduates can expect over 20 years (above what a high school graduate would earn). Here are the top 10 computer science programs for 2014, based on their expected annual ROI.

This slideshow originally appeared on ITworld.com.

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10. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (in-state)

Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Graduation rate: 89%

Total cost of bachelor's degree (tuition, room, board and supplies, minus financial aid): $32,830

Total net return over 20 years (income above what a high school graduate would earn minus costs): $738,500

Annual ROI: 17.3%

Source: 2014 PayScale College ROI Report

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9. Stanford University

Location: Stanford, California

Graduation rate: 95%

Total cost of bachelor's degree (tuition, room, board and supplies, minus financial aid): $74,870

Total net return over 20 years (income above what a high school graduate would earn minus costs): $1,718,000

Annual ROI: 17.4%

Source: 2014 PayScale College ROI Report

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8. University of Texas at Dallas (in-state)

Location: Richardson, Texas

Graduation rate: 64%

Total cost of bachelor's degree (tuition, room, board and supplies, minus financial aid): $35,690

Total net return over 20 years (income above what a high school graduate would earn minus costs): $812,200

Annual ROI: 17.4%

Source: 2014 PayScale College ROI Report

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7. University of North Texas (in-state)

Location: Denton, Texas

Graduation rate: 48%

Total cost of bachelor's degree (tuition, room, board and supplies, minus financial aid): $34,120

Total net return over 20 years (income above what a high school graduate would earn minus costs): $804,400

Annual ROI: 17.6%

Source: 2014 PayScale College ROI Report

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6. The College of William and Mary (in-state)

Location: Williamsburg, Virginia

Graduation rate: 90%

Total cost of bachelor's degree (tuition, room, board and supplies, minus financial aid): $39,590

Total net return over 20 years (income above what a high school graduate would earn minus costs): $935,200

Annual ROI: 17.6%

Source: 2014 PayScale College ROI Report

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5. Harvard University

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Graduation rate: 97%

Total cost of bachelor's degree (tuition, room, board and supplies, minus financial aid): $53,910

Total net return over 20 years (income above what a high school graduate would earn minus costs): $1,314,000

Annual ROI: 17.7%

Source: 2014 PayScale College ROI Report

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4. University of California - Berkeley (in-state)

Location: Berkeley, California

Graduation rate: 91%

Total cost of bachelor's degree (tuition, room, board and supplies, minus financial aid): $64,210

Total net return over 20 years (income above what a high school graduate would earn minus costs): $1,553,000

Annual ROI: 17.7%

Source: 2014 PayScale College ROI Report

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3. Georgia Institute of Technology (in-state)

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Graduation rate: 79%

Total cost of bachelor's degree (tuition, room, board and supplies, minus financial aid): $37,350

Total net return over 20 years (income above what a high school graduate would earn minus costs): $967,600

Annual ROI: 18.1%

Source: 2014 PayScale College ROI Report

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2. University of Washington - Main Campus (in-state)

Location: Seattle, Washington

Graduation rate: 81%

Total cost of bachelor's degree (tuition, room, board and supplies, minus financial aid): $37,640

Total net return over 20 years (income above what a high school graduate would earn minus costs): $1,196,000

Annual ROI: 19.3%

Source: 2014 PayScale College ROI Report

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1. University of Virginia - Main Campus (in-state)

Location: Charlottesville, Virginia

Graduation rate: 93%

Total cost of bachelor's degree (tuition, room, board and supplies, minus financial aid): $25,880

Total net return over 20 years (income above what a high school graduate would earn minus costs): $1,307,000

Annual ROI: 22%

Source: 2014 PayScale College ROI Report