Tired of student loans? These schools will leave you with little debt.

College costs are not only what you pay up front, but also what debt you carry into the future. The class of 2009 graduated with an average of $24,000 in debts from student loans, up 6 percent from the previous year, according to a report Thursday from The Project on Student Debt in Oakland, Calif. But the report also identifies 20 four-year public and private nonprofit colleges where graduates took on the least amount of debt – an average of $3,000 to $8,500.

Work colleges

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The College of the Ozarks campus in Point Lookout, Mo., in 2003.

At these schools, all students work to help run the campus instead of paying tuition. But some of them still borrow money to cover the cost of books, supplies, and other personal expenses.

Two colleges:

Berea College in Kentucky

College of the Ozarks in Missouri

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