UH M�noa ranks high for low student debt

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Commencement draws a large crowd of graduates and supporters to the Stan Sheriff Center in 2018.

Hawaiʻi ranks as number nine among the 50 states for lowest student debt, according to a national website that tracks student loan information. That is in large part due to the affordability of University of Hawaiʻi‘s 10 campuses.

UH M�noa is 189 out of the nearly 1,000 national four-year private and public higher education institutions that self-reported information on average student debt per borrower. The ranking is the basis of LendEDU’s just-released annual report, Student Loan Debt by School by State.

There are more than 4,000 four-year private and public colleges and universities nationally, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

Among the nation’s public universities, UH M�noa ranks number one in the state, with an average student loan debt of $24,539 per Class of 2018 borrower. This figure was slightly lower than the national Class of 2018 average debt per borrower figure of $28,565.

About 46 percent of UH M�noa graduates in 2018 reported having student debt.

The LendEDU report was created using the newest Peterson’s financial aid data.