Best Value Colleges in Hawaii

Hawaii’s gorgeous scenery, tropical climate, and beautiful beaches make it tourist hotspot. It’s also a stunning and unique place to earn an undergraduate degree.

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Rank 
School Name 
Annual ROI
 
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
 
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
 
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
 
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
Total 4 Year Cost
 
Full cost, including tuition & fees, room & board, and books & supplies. Actual net cost may vary based on a student’s academic success and family income. Source: IPEDS
Total 4 Year Cost
 
Full cost, including tuition & fees, room & board, and books & supplies. Actual net cost may vary based on a student’s academic success and family income. Source: IPEDS
Graduation Rate
 
% of full-time, first-time degree seeking undergrad students who began their studies at the given school and graduate within 6 years. Source: IPEDS
Typical Years to Graduate
 
# of years it takes for at least 65 percent of graduates from a given school to receive their diplomas. Source: IPEDS
Average Loan Amount
 
Received by full-time, first-time degree seeking undergrad students, multiplied to represent amount over four years. Includes all Title IV loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored student loans. Source: IPEDS
% Grant Money Received
 
% of full-time, first-time undergrads who received local, state, federal, or institutional grant aid in the 2012-2013 academic year. Source: IPEDS
18.3%8.4%10.2%10.3%$263,000$264,000$282,000$283,000$66,200$65,10054%6$18,50022%
1Brigham Young University-Hawaii(Private)
Annual ROI8.3%
Annual ROI8.4%
Annual ROI10.2%
Annual ROI10.3%
20 Year Net ROI$263,000
20 Year Net ROI$264,000
20 Year Net ROI$282,000
20 Year Net ROI$283,000
Total 4 Year Cost$66,200
Total 4 Year Cost$65,100
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate6
Loan Amt$18,500
Grant Money Received22%
25.1%4.9%6.8%6.6%$262,000$256,000$305,000$300,000$154,000$160,00042%5$28,00036%
2Hawaii Pacific University(Private)
Annual ROI5.1%
Annual ROI4.9%
Annual ROI6.8%
Annual ROI6.6%
20 Year Net ROI$262,000
20 Year Net ROI$256,000
20 Year Net ROI$305,000
20 Year Net ROI$300,000
Total 4 Year Cost$154,000
Total 4 Year Cost$160,000
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$28,000
Grant Money Received36%
36.3%6.1%8.2%8.0%$254,000$251,000$287,000$284,000$107,000$110,00058%5$26,50028%
3University of Hawaii at Manoa(In-State)
Annual ROI6.3%
Annual ROI6.1%
Annual ROI8.2%
Annual ROI8.0%
20 Year Net ROI$254,000
20 Year Net ROI$251,000
20 Year Net ROI$287,000
20 Year Net ROI$284,000
Total 4 Year Cost$107,000
Total 4 Year Cost$110,000
Grad Rate58%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$26,500
Grant Money Received28%
43.4%3.3%4.4%4.3%$176,000$173,000$208,000$205,000$186,000$189,00058%5$26,50028%
4University of Hawaii at Manoa(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI3.4%
Annual ROI3.3%
Annual ROI4.4%
Annual ROI4.3%
20 Year Net ROI$176,000
20 Year Net ROI$173,000
20 Year Net ROI$208,000
20 Year Net ROI$205,000
Total 4 Year Cost$186,000
Total 4 Year Cost$189,000
Grad Rate58%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$26,500
Grant Money Received28%
52.7%2.7%5.4%5.3%$107,000$105,000$167,000$166,000$149,000$151,00057%5$23,40042%
5Chaminade University of Honolulu(Private)
Annual ROI2.7%
Annual ROI2.7%
Annual ROI5.4%
Annual ROI5.3%
20 Year Net ROI$107,000
20 Year Net ROI$105,000
20 Year Net ROI$167,000
20 Year Net ROI$166,000
Total 4 Year Cost$149,000
Total 4 Year Cost$151,000
Grad Rate57%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$23,400
Grant Money Received42%
63.1%2.1%5.4%3.9%$68,700$51,400$97,400$80,100$80,500$97,80035%5$24,80048%
6University of Hawaii at Hilo(In-State)
Annual ROI3.1%
Annual ROI2.1%
Annual ROI5.4%
Annual ROI3.9%
20 Year Net ROI$68,700
20 Year Net ROI$51,400
20 Year Net ROI$97,400
20 Year Net ROI$80,100
Total 4 Year Cost$80,500
Total 4 Year Cost$97,800
Grad Rate35%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$24,800
Grant Money Received48%
70.7%0.1%2.0%1.2%$19,500$2,200$48,200$30,900$130,000$147,00035%5$24,80048%
7University of Hawaii at Hilo(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI0.7%
Annual ROI0.1%
Annual ROI2.0%
Annual ROI1.2%
20 Year Net ROI$19,500
20 Year Net ROI$2,200
20 Year Net ROI$48,200
20 Year Net ROI$30,900
Total 4 Year Cost$130,000
Total 4 Year Cost$147,000
Grad Rate35%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$24,800
Grant Money Received48%
-N/A1.2%N/A1.9%N/A$37,400N/A$57,200N/A$142,00014%5$18,10034%
-University of Hawaii-West Oahu(Out-of-State)
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI1.2%
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI1.9%
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$37,400
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$57,200
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$142,000
Grad Rate14%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$18,100
Grant Money Received34%
-N/A3.3%N/A4.6%N/A$86,300N/A$106,000N/A$93,00014%5$18,10034%
-University of Hawaii-West Oahu(In-State)
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI3.3%
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI4.6%
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$86,300
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$106,000
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$93,000
Grad Rate14%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$18,100
Grant Money Received34%

* N/A indicates school does not have an on campus living option.

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 a few entries on our college ROI report Hawaii, so this makes choosing the best option fairly easy. A school that frequently occupies a top spot in our rankings is the private Hawaii Pacific University, located in Honolulu. This university serves roughly 7,000 students, making it the largest private university in the central Pacific. It’s also noted for its diverse student body, representing nearly 80 countries.

Another option is the University of Hawaii at Manoa, also located in Honolulu. In all, U.H. is home to roughly 20,000 ‘Rainbow Warriors,’ as the students are nicknamed. The school offers bachelor degrees in 93 fields of study.

Hawaii is an expensive state to live in, but in terms of college return on investment, Hawaii schools fare quite well. Its 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.


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