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2021 Best Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in Hawaii

5 Colleges
$23,394 Avg Cost (With Aid)*
4.6 Years Avg Time to Graduate*

There are lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can - such as our Best Hawaii Schools For The Money For Those Getting Aid ranking - to help you make that decision.

After analyzing 5 schools, we came up with our list of those that were the best for overall value for the money with aid in Hawaii. This ranking doesn't just identify the colleges with the lowest costs. Rather, it highlights those institutions that offer excellent educational experiences for a lower cost than other schools of roughly the same caliber. So it is possible that College A may rank better than College B, while College B is less expensive to attend.

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Our average cost calculation adds up all expenses, such as tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other expenses, and then subtracts the average financial aid awarded to a student. This gives a rough estimation of how much money you can expect to pay out-of-pocket or through loans each year.

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Top Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in Hawaii

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Our analysis found Brigham Young University - Hawaii to be the best school for overall value for the money with aid in Hawaii in this year’s ranking. BYU - H is a private not-for-profit institution located in Laie, Hawaii. The school has a small population, and it awarded 623 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At BYU - H, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.8 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $13,046 for students who receive aid. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from BYU - H is about $61,968. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

BYU - H not only placed well in our value rankings, but it is also #2 on our Best Colleges in Hawaii list.

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Out of the 5 schools in Hawaii that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Hawaii at Hilo landed the #2 spot on the list. Located in Hilo, Hawaii, the small public school handed out 774 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at UHH about 4.7 years to graduate, and it costs students who receive aid about $12,143 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UHH be around $57,194. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, UHH is ranked #4 for overall quality in Hawaii.

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#3

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Honolulu, Hawaii

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at University of Hawaii at Manoa helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for the money in Hawaii. UHM is located in Honolulu, Hawaii and has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,245 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average student at UHM graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $20,948. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UHM is about $95,313. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The low student loan default rate of 4.4% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%. UHM also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges in Hawaii rankings.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Chaminade University of Honolulu. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Value Colleges in Hawaii list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Honolulu, Hawaii, and it awarded 362 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at Chaminade University of Honolulu to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $31,666 for students who receive aid. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Chaminade University of Honolulu is about $137,430. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

Chaminade University of Honolulu did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges in Hawaii list.

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#5

Hawaii Pacific University

Honolulu, Hawaii

A rank of #5 on our Best Colleges for the Money in Hawaii list means Hawaii Pacific University is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Hawaii Pacific University is located in Honolulu, Hawaii and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 586 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average student at Hawaii Pacific University graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $39,167. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Hawaii Pacific University be around $173,118. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The low student loan default rate of 4.6% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%. Hawaii Pacific University also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges in Hawaii rankings.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 5 schools only.

  • For our state-specific rankings, we use in-state tuition to calculate average cost. For our national and regional rankings, we use a weighted average of in-state and non-resident tuition.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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