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2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Hawaii

5 Colleges
$26,033 Avg Cost*
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 Value Hawaii Schools ranking - to help you make that decision.

We analyzed 5 colleges and universities to determine which were the best for overall value in Hawaii. It's important to note that this isn't just a listing of colleges and universities with the lowest sticker price. Instead, this ranking identifies schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a lower-than-expected price. So it is possible that College A may rank better than College B, while College B is less expensive to attend.

Get more details on our ranking methodology.

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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We've developed a number of other tools and rankings to help you make your college decision. Start by filtering this list by location or field of study and then explore our other rankings that feature schools great for different groups of students such as veterans or returnings adults.

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Top Colleges for the Money in Hawaii

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Our analysis found Brigham Young University - Hawaii to be the best school for overall value in Hawaii in this year’s ranking. Located in Laie, Hawaii, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 623 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at BYU - H is 4.8 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $14,661. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the BYU - H is $69,640. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

BYU - H did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges in Hawaii list.

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The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at University of Hawaii at Hilo helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for the money in Hawaii. University of Hawaii at Hilo is a small public school located in Hilo, Hawaii that handed out 774 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UHH is 4.7 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $14,616. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from UHH is $68,841. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

UHH also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges in Hawaii rankings.

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#3

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Honolulu, Hawaii

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend University of Hawaii at Manoa. The school came in at #3 in Hawaii on this year’s best value ranking. Located in Honolulu, Hawaii, the fairly large public school handed out 3,245 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at UHM graduates in less than 4.5 years, and it costs about $24,409 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UHM is about $111,061. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The student loan default rate at the school is 4.4%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%. In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, UHM is ranked #1 for overall quality in Hawaii.

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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. Located in Honolulu, Hawaii, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 362 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Chaminade University of Honolulu, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $33,439. This means that the average student pays around $145,125 to get a bachelor’s degree from Chaminade University of Honolulu. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Chaminade University of Honolulu is ranked #3 for overall quality in Hawaii.

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Hawaii Pacific University

Honolulu, Hawaii

Out of the 5 schools in Hawaii that were part of this year’s ranking, Hawaii Pacific University landed the #5 spot on the list. Hawaii Pacific University is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Honolulu, Hawaii. It awarded 586 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Hawaii Pacific University, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $43,042. This means that the average student pays around $190,246 to get a bachelor’s degree from Hawaii Pacific University. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The student loan default rate at the school is 4.6%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%. Hawaii Pacific University not only placed well in our value rankings, but it is also #5 on our Best Colleges in Hawaii list.

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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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