Best Value Colleges in Hawaii

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1Hawaii Pacific University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$283,000
Total 4 Year Cost$141,000
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,700
2University of Hawaii at Manoa(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$240,000
Total 4 Year Cost$94,100
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,300
3Brigham Young University (BYU) - Hawaii Campus(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$222,000
Total 4 Year Cost$62,000
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$18,100
4University of Hawaii at Manoa(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$172,000
Total 4 Year Cost$162,000
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,300
5University of Hawaii at Hilo(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$36,400
Total 4 Year Cost$69,600
Grad Rate38%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,900
6University of Hawaii at Hilo(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI($10,000)
Total 4 Year Cost$116,000
Grad Rate38%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,900

*NOTE: Unranked schools on this list don’t have on-campus living options, so on-campus costs are not available.

It's also a stunning and unique place to earn an undergraduate degree.

If you are considering attending a college in Hawaii, you will want to think about both the cost of attending a school and how well different schools prepare you for your future career goals. PayScale's Hawaii College ROI Report ranks which school is going to provide you with the best college return on investment on the island.

You will find several numbers on PayScale's rankings, but the most significant statistics are the net 20-year return on investment or ROI. (Note that you can calculate ROIs based on whether you live on or off campus and whether or not you will receive financial aid to help pay for your tuition.) These two figures tell you how much more money a graduate from a particular school can expect to earn than a high school graduate over a 20-year period. The best value colleges Hawaii has to offer are those with high net 20-year ROIs.

We only have six entries on our college ROI report Hawaii, so this makes choosing the best option fairly easy. The school that occupies the top spot in our rankings is the private Hawaii Pacific University. This university is the second most expensive Hawaii school on our list. Students who live on campus pay $141,000 to attend this educational institution, but they can expect to earn $283,000 more than a high school graduate will in the next 20 years.

Students can obtain help paying their tuition costs from several sources. For example, 37 percent of the student population receives Pell Grant money. Pell Grants are federally sponsored financial aid that students from low-income families qualify for. Students can also apply for student loans. Those who receive them obtain an average $19,700 for four years. The average amount that students receive in grant money is equal to $8,200 each year. Since financial aid decreases the amount of money that students pay in tuition, we calculated a different net 20-year ROI for them, and it is $316,000 for those who live on campus.

If the initial cost of tuition is a concern, your other option is the school in the second spot on our list. At the University of Hawaii at Manoa, in-state students pay $94,100 to attend this public institution. After graduation, they can expect a $240,000 net 20-year ROI.

Hawaii is an expensive state to live in, but in terms of college return on investment, Hawaii schools fare quite well. Both schools give students an opportunity to study several different subjects. Hawaii Pacific University has programs for Management and Marketing, Hospitality and Tourism Industry Management, History and Psychology. The University of Hawaii at Manoa offers studies in Social Work, Hawaiian Knowledge, Nursing and Dental Hygiene, Business and Architecture. Your choice of major has a huge impact on your future earning potential, so your ROI will vary depending on what you study. Our general college ROI rankings give you a starting point to estimate how much you will earn with a college degree from each school, which makes it easier to estimate how much you can afford to pay in tuition.

The PayScale.com College ROI rankings are a great tool to help you determine the value of college education Hawaii colleges offer students.