College Tution and Debt

Data: July, 2015

IES releases data on Postsecondary Institutions and Price of Attendance in 2014-15

This First Look report is a preliminary report of the data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) fall 2014 collection,, which included three survey components: Institutional Characteristics for the 2014-15 academic year, Completions covering the period July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014, and data on 12-Month Enrollment for the 2013-14 academic year.

IES Postsecondary Institutions and Cost of Attendance 2014-2015


Report: May, 2015

State funding cuts threaten student access (Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, May 2015)

From the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities comes a new report that examines the recent trend of states cutting funding to higher education. Looking to the relationship to recession trends and the response by universities to drive up tuition, the reports concludes on the impact of such funding cuts on students and families.  Find the report here. 


Article: May, 2015

Trends in College Pricing (Source; CollegeBoard, May 2015)

The latest data for the 2014-15 for In-State Tuition and Fees at Public Four-Year Institutions by State and Five-Year Percentage Change, as analyzed by

Find the article and data here.


Document; April, 2015

DOE Budget released (Source; BOE, April, 2015)

From the office of Superintendent Matayoshi, the budget for the Fiscal Biennium (2015-2017) has been updated and released. Find the complete budget document here.


Original Research

Student Debt at the University of Hawai’i

Earlier in 2014, HEPC started to explore the upcoming issue of student debt and cost of those at UH, after an initial exploratory paper, it was evident that there was little in the way of student voices found in the data. It was followed up with an online, anonymous student survey that tried to ascertain how students were living and their opinions on tuition and other related issues. Overall, the survey garnered over 500 responses.

The finding of these responses can be found in the Analysis of HEPC Student Survey

To look at the May Policy Report on the issue of Student Debt, look here; Student Costs of Living, Tuition and Debt at the University of Hawai‘i


Report; November, 2014

New Report Explores the Trends in State Financial Aid.

States take a wide variety of approaches in making investments in postsecondary financial aid. A new report from the Education Commision of the States reviews several trends in state financial aid programs enacted through state legislatures in the 2013 and 2014 sessions

Find the full report here.


Article, August, 2014

Exploring the Upcoming Student Loan Explosion.

The Huffington Post has come out with a series of charts and graphs that show the ongoing issue of debt and how the last few years has particularly forced borrowers to assess their values. Check out the full article here. 


Article; July, 2014

New Studies on Student Debt from the White House

The White House has recently released a report detailing the current state of student debt in America and plans to alleviate such, making higher education more affordable. Find the full report here.


Article; July, 2014

UH Releases New Documents on Tuition Reviews and Measuring their own Efficiency.

Over the last week, UH has released two documents showing the measuring of efficiency for the UH system and the latest review of the Proposed Tuition increases over the 2016-17 AY.


Report; June, 2014.

New studies and reports examine the Student Loan system and debt default here in Hawai’i.

Bloomberg Business Week focuses on why the Student Loan system is doomed to fail by ignoring the factor of ‘risk’ between student loans. Find the article here.

Alia Wong of Civil Beat then looks at the issue of Student default rates throughout the UH System and how unemployment rates in the state add to the issue. What will Obama’s new initiative bring to the table. Find the article at Civil Beat here.


Article; March, 2014

Cost and Finanicial Aid Increasingly Influencing Student’s Choice of College

From a UCLA annual freshman survey, the Higher Education Research Institute has found that the cost of tuition and financial aid is no longer affecting students after college, rather affecting choices of where to go and what to be. Find the study on The Chronicle.


Article: 2014

Cost and Financial Aid Increasingly Influences Student’s Choice of College; A higher education study from UCLA


Article; March, 2014

Student debt is not just hurting students

At the end of 2003, American students and graduates owed just $253 billion in aggregate debt; by the end of 2013, American students’ debt had ballooned to a total of $1.08 trillion, an increase of over 300%

Read more in the TIME article; Student Loans Are Ruining Your Life. Now They’re Ruining the Economy Too


Article; October, 2013

Renewing the Higher Education Act

From The Chronicle of Higher Education  comes the basics about the Higher Education Act and why we need to pay attention to its reauthorization. Find the article here.


Research: October, 2013

Degrees of Debt: Student Loan Repayment of Bachelor’s Degree Recipients 1 Year After Graduating: 1994, 2001, and 2009 by Jennie J. Woo, RTI International. From the National Center on Educational Statistics, October 2013.



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