When it comes to helping low-income students afford tuition, the University of Hawaii at Manoa holds its own in comparison to four-year public schools nationally.
UH Manoa’s affordability is thanks to a large amount of federal aid given to in-state, low-income families, according to a ProPublica database that looks at which U.S. colleges help poor students the most.
In fact, the university is ranked in the top quarter nationwide for discount off total cost.
The University of Hawaii at Manoa ranked 25th in affordability for low-income students.
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Low-income, in-state students at UH Manoa paid an average of $7,363 in 2013 – a 60 percent discount from the total annual cost of $18,491, which includes tuition, books and living expenses.
ProPublica’s rankings use the most recent figures available in 2013 from the U.S. Department of Education, which classifies a low-income family as one that earns up to $48,000 per year.
Schools are ranked in four categories: percentage of students who received a type of federal aid known as Pell grants, average cost for low-income students, average discount for low-income students and median federal debt of Pell grant recipients.
(For a more in-depth breakdown of these figures, click here.)
However, UH Manoa still had the highest discount rate for low-income students when stacked up against Hawaii private schools such as Chaminade, Brigham Young University-Hawaii and Hawaii Pacific University.
Other UH schools such as Leeward Community College, Honolulu Community College and Kapiolani Community College also had larger discounts for low-income students when compared to other public two-year colleges across the country.
Total annual cost
Low-income student cost
Hawaii Community College
Hawaii Medical College
Kapiolani Community College
Kauai Community College
Leeward Community College
New Hope Christian College—Honolulu
UH Maui College
University of Phoenix—Hawaii
Windward Community College
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