Higher Education

An in-depth study of financial aid, student demographics and outcome data from post-secondary institutions.

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National Rankings

Below is a state-by-state ranking of higher education financing, financial aid, and student outcomes. Roll your mouse over bars in each graph to find information on a particular state. A full overview of federal education programs is available in the Background & Analysis section.

Direct Loan Volume 2011

  • Wyoming
    $98,170,775
  • Alaska
    $125,000,000
  • North Dakota
    $236,000,000
  • Delaware
    $238,000,000
  • Hawaii
    $255,000,000
  • Montana
    $278,000,000
  • Vermont
    $335,000,000
  • South Dakota
    $381,000,000
  • Puerto Rico
    $400,000,000
  • Maine
    $405,000,000
  • New Mexico
    $407,000,000
  • Nevada
    $413,000,000
  • Idaho
    $464,000,000
  • New Hampshire
    $510,000,000
  • Rhode Island
    $547,000,000
  • Arkansas
    $711,000,000
  • Nebraska
    $726,000,000
  • Mississippi
    $769,000,000
  • West Virginia
    $833,000,000
  • Kansas
    $936,000,000
  • Utah
    $978,000,000
  • Oklahoma
    $1,020,000,000
  • Connecticut
    $1,030,000,000
  • Louisiana
    $1,120,000,000
  • South Carolina
    $1,300,000,000
  • Washington
    $1,370,000,000
  • Kentucky
    $1,430,000,000
  • Oregon
    $1,450,000,000
  • Alabama
    $1,590,000,000
  • Maryland
    $1,610,000,000
  • New Jersey
    $1,700,000,000
  • Wisconsin
    $1,710,000,000
  • District of Columbia
    $1,730,000,000
  • Tennessee
    $1,940,000,000
  • Colorado
    $2,220,000,000
  • North Carolina
    $2,310,000,000
  • Missouri
    $2,420,000,000
  • Virginia
    $2,680,000,000
  • Massachusetts
    $2,870,000,000
  • Iowa
    $2,940,000,000
  • Georgia
    $2,990,000,000
  • Indiana
    $3,150,000,000
  • Minnesota
    $3,430,000,000
  • Michigan
    $3,700,000,000
  • Ohio
    $4,220,000,000
  • Pennsylvania
    $5,630,000,000
  • Texas
    $5,830,000,000
  • Illinois
    $6,060,000,000
  • Florida
    $6,080,000,000
  • Arizona
    $6,230,000,000
  • New York
    $7,130,000,000
  • California
    $8,860,000,000

Guaranteed Loan Volume 2010

  • Alaska
    $15,557,755
  • Delaware
    $25,163,716
  • Wyoming
    $25,687,722
  • Maine
    $38,267,733
  • North Dakota
    $41,773,566
  • Idaho
    $43,147,391
  • Montana
    $45,412,070
  • South Dakota
    $46,757,037
  • Hawaii
    $52,224,668
  • Vermont
    $56,370,629
  • West Virginia
    $59,001,710
  • New Hampshire
    $64,850,678
  • Nevada
    $70,475,668
  • Rhode Island
    $73,187,293
  • New Mexico
    $92,986,116
  • Puerto Rico
    $95,774,657
  • Nebraska
    $111,000,000
  • Kansas
    $119,000,000
  • Arkansas
    $129,000,000
  • Connecticut
    $131,000,000
  • District of Columbia
    $140,000,000
  • Maryland
    $163,000,000
  • Mississippi
    $170,000,000
  • Louisiana
    $187,000,000
  • Oklahoma
    $205,000,000
  • South Carolina
    $218,000,000
  • Alabama
    $228,000,000
  • Washington
    $231,000,000
  • Utah
    $237,000,000
  • Oregon
    $246,000,000
  • Kentucky
    $256,000,000
  • New Jersey
    $260,000,000
  • Massachusetts
    $267,000,000
  • Wisconsin
    $289,000,000
  • Tennessee
    $319,000,000
  • North Carolina
    $350,000,000
  • Minnesota
    $364,000,000
  • Indiana
    $388,000,000
  • Colorado
    $417,000,000
  • Missouri
    $505,000,000
  • Georgia
    $508,000,000
  • Virginia
    $511,000,000
  • Michigan
    $514,000,000
  • Ohio
    $588,000,000
  • Iowa
    $783,000,000
  • New York
    $845,000,000
  • Texas
    $898,000,000
  • Illinois
    $972,000,000
  • Pennsylvania
    $984,000,000
  • Florida
    $1,340,000,000
  • California
    $1,720,000,000
  • Arizona
    $2,810,000,000

Pell Grant Volume 2011

  • Alaska
    $40,700,000
  • Vermont
    $44,200,000
  • Wyoming
    $51,600,000
  • North Dakota
    $56,600,000
  • Delaware
    $59,800,000
  • New Hampshire
    $74,100,000
  • Hawaii
    $82,400,000
  • Montana
    $86,500,000
  • South Dakota
    $98,100,000
  • Maine
    $108,000,000
  • Rhode Island
    $120,000,000
  • Nevada
    $143,000,000
  • Nebraska
    $157,000,000
  • District of Columbia
    $160,000,000
  • Idaho
    $202,000,000
  • New Mexico
    $234,000,000
  • West Virginia
    $244,000,000
  • Connecticut
    $249,000,000
  • Kansas
    $269,000,000
  • Arkansas
    $330,000,000
  • Oklahoma
    $374,000,000
  • Maryland
    $413,000,000
  • Utah
    $422,000,000
  • Oregon
    $436,000,000
  • Mississippi
    $440,000,000
  • Louisiana
    $447,000,000
  • South Carolina
    $448,000,000
  • Wisconsin
    $449,000,000
  • Massachusetts
    $471,000,000
  • Kentucky
    $483,000,000
  • Washington
    $497,000,000
  • Colorado
    $569,000,000
  • Minnesota
    $589,000,000
  • New Jersey
    $645,000,000
  • Missouri
    $653,000,000
  • Alabama
    $656,000,000
  • Tennessee
    $675,000,000
  • Virginia
    $722,000,000
  • Indiana
    $791,000,000
  • Iowa
    $846,000,000
  • North Carolina
    $913,000,000
  • Puerto Rico
    $1,000,000,000
  • Pennsylvania
    $1,100,000,000
  • Michigan
    $1,200,000,000
  • Georgia
    $1,250,000,000
  • Ohio
    $1,350,000,000
  • Illinois
    $1,470,000,000
  • Arizona
    $1,820,000,000
  • New York
    $1,990,000,000
  • Florida
    $2,240,000,000
  • Texas
    $2,420,000,000
  • California
    $3,880,000,000

Percent of Students Receiving Any Financial Aid 2011

  • Hawaii
    74%
  • Washington
    75%
  • Connecticut
    76%
  • California
    79%
  • Utah
    80%
  • Delaware
    81%
  • New Jersey
    81%
  • Virginia
    81%
  • Colorado
    81%
  • North Carolina
    82%
  • Alaska
    83%
  • Maryland
    83%
  • Maine
    83%
  • Montana
    83%
  • Rhode Island
    84%
  • Idaho
    84%
  • New Hampshire
    84%
  • Oklahoma
    85%
  • District of Columbia
    85%
  • Nebraska
    85%
  • Nevada
    85%
  • Texas
    85%
  • New York
    85%
  • Massachusetts
    85%
  • Illinois
    86%
  • Florida
    86%
  • Arizona
    86%
  • West Virginia
    86%
  • Oregon
    86%
  • Louisiana
    87%
  • Vermont
    88%
  • North Dakota
    88%
  • Wisconsin
    88%
  • New Mexico
    89%
  • Kansas
    89%
  • Ohio
    89%
  • Mississippi
    89%
  • Pennsylvania
    89%
  • Michigan
    89%
  • Tennessee
    89%
  • Missouri
    89%
  • Iowa
    90%
  • Arkansas
    90%
  • Indiana
    90%
  • Wyoming
    90%
  • South Dakota
    91%
  • South Carolina
    92%
  • Minnesota
    92%
  • Puerto Rico
    92%
  • Alabama
    92%
  • Georgia
    92%
  • Kentucky
    94%

Average Total Federal Grant Aid Received 2011

  • Delaware
    $3,904
  • Hawaii
    $4,012
  • Alaska
    $4,125
  • Wyoming
    $4,230
  • South Dakota
    $4,276
  • Nebraska
    $4,282
  • Nevada
    $4,291
  • Connecticut
    $4,305
  • Utah
    $4,325
  • Florida
    $4,350
  • New Jersey
    $4,363
  • Tennessee
    $4,374
  • Montana
    $4,391
  • Maryland
    $4,429
  • Kansas
    $4,432
  • Oklahoma
    $4,439
  • Colorado
    $4,451
  • Arkansas
    $4,458
  • Arizona
    $4,467
  • Oregon
    $4,468
  • Virginia
    $4,475
  • District of Columbia
    $4,482
  • West Virginia
    $4,486
  • Ohio
    $4,486
  • Louisiana
    $4,514
  • Washington
    $4,521
  • Pennsylvania
    $4,529
  • Texas
    $4,536
  • Illinois
    $4,540
  • Idaho
    $4,540
  • Missouri
    $4,549
  • California
    $4,552
  • Minnesota
    $4,560
  • Kentucky
    $4,572
  • North Dakota
    $4,578
  • Maine
    $4,590
  • Indiana
    $4,595
  • Massachusetts
    $4,596
  • Alabama
    $4,641
  • Michigan
    $4,643
  • South Carolina
    $4,648
  • Wisconsin
    $4,653
  • Mississippi
    $4,657
  • New Hampshire
    $4,683
  • New York
    $4,685
  • North Carolina
    $4,704
  • Iowa
    $4,740
  • New Mexico
    $4,743
  • Georgia
    $4,752
  • Puerto Rico
    $4,820
  • Rhode Island
    $4,953
  • Vermont
    $5,091

Percent of Students Receiving Federal Aid 2011

  • Vermont
    43%
  • Rhode Island
    44%
  • New Hampshire
    44%
  • Nebraska
    47%
  • Wyoming
    50%
  • Massachusetts
    50%
  • Alaska
    50%
  • Delaware
    51%
  • Connecticut
    51%
  • Washington
    51%
  • Maine
    54%
  • North Dakota
    54%
  • Hawaii
    54%
  • Colorado
    56%
  • South Dakota
    56%
  • District of Columbia
    56%
  • Virginia
    56%
  • New Jersey
    57%
  • Pennsylvania
    57%
  • Maryland
    57%
  • Wisconsin
    58%
  • Kansas
    58%
  • Minnesota
    58%
  • Iowa
    59%
  • Utah
    59%
  • Montana
    59%
  • New York
    59%
  • Oregon
    61%
  • Illinois
    62%
  • California
    62%
  • North Carolina
    64%
  • Indiana
    64%
  • Nevada
    64%
  • Missouri
    64%
  • West Virginia
    66%
  • Idaho
    66%
  • Oklahoma
    67%
  • Michigan
    67%
  • Ohio
    67%
  • Arizona
    68%
  • New Mexico
    68%
  • South Carolina
    68%
  • Alabama
    68%
  • Texas
    68%
  • Florida
    68%
  • Georgia
    69%
  • Tennessee
    69%
  • Arkansas
    69%
  • Louisiana
    70%
  • Kentucky
    71%
  • Mississippi
    73%
  • Puerto Rico
    90%

Average Total Loan Aid Received 2011

  • Puerto Rico
    $2,914
  • Mississippi
    $4,849
  • Arkansas
    $5,522
  • Montana
    $5,577
  • New Mexico
    $5,662
  • Delaware
    $5,704
  • Hawaii
    $5,830
  • Oklahoma
    $5,918
  • West Virginia
    $5,932
  • Alaska
    $5,948
  • Louisiana
    $6,069
  • Alabama
    $6,134
  • Wyoming
    $6,188
  • Maine
    $6,244
  • New York
    $6,252
  • Kansas
    $6,290
  • Maryland
    $6,351
  • Tennessee
    $6,385
  • Kentucky
    $6,453
  • South Dakota
    $6,456
  • Nebraska
    $6,463
  • Texas
    $6,519
  • North Carolina
    $6,567
  • Connecticut
    $6,569
  • Georgia
    $6,603
  • Oregon
    $6,627
  • Ohio
    $6,669
  • Illinois
    $6,670
  • District of Columbia
    $6,683
  • Missouri
    $6,684
  • Michigan
    $6,702
  • South Carolina
    $6,708
  • Massachusetts
    $6,745
  • Idaho
    $6,843
  • California
    $6,848
  • Virginia
    $6,932
  • Iowa
    $6,952
  • Washington
    $7,019
  • North Dakota
    $7,079
  • New Jersey
    $7,114
  • Vermont
    $7,146
  • Pennsylvania
    $7,166
  • Utah
    $7,211
  • Indiana
    $7,263
  • Wisconsin
    $7,333
  • Florida
    $7,344
  • Nevada
    $7,345
  • New Hampshire
    $7,348
  • Rhode Island
    $7,363
  • Arizona
    $7,369
  • Colorado
    $7,388
  • Minnesota
    $8,247

Percent of Students Receiving Student Loan Aid 2011

  • Puerto Rico
    7%
  • Alaska
    35%
  • Mississippi
    39%
  • Hawaii
    40%
  • Oklahoma
    41%
  • Wyoming
    43%
  • New Mexico
    46%
  • West Virginia
    46%
  • Montana
    46%
  • Washington
    49%
  • Arkansas
    51%
  • North Carolina
    51%
  • California
    52%
  • Connecticut
    52%
  • Alabama
    53%
  • Louisiana
    54%
  • North Dakota
    55%
  • Tennessee
    55%
  • New York
    55%
  • Utah
    57%
  • Virginia
    57%
  • New Jersey
    58%
  • Texas
    58%
  • Illinois
    60%
  • Florida
    60%
  • Nebraska
    61%
  • Delaware
    61%
  • District of Columbia
    61%
  • Kentucky
    61%
  • Georgia
    62%
  • Maryland
    62%
  • Michigan
    62%
  • Missouri
    63%
  • Kansas
    64%
  • Maine
    65%
  • Massachusetts
    65%
  • South Carolina
    65%
  • Colorado
    66%
  • Idaho
    67%
  • Ohio
    67%
  • Arizona
    68%
  • South Dakota
    68%
  • Nevada
    70%
  • Oregon
    70%
  • Rhode Island
    71%
  • Minnesota
    72%
  • New Hampshire
    72%
  • Indiana
    73%
  • Pennsylvania
    74%
  • Vermont
    74%
  • Wisconsin
    74%
  • Iowa
    75%

Four-year Graduation Rate for Bachelor's Degrees 2011

  • Puerto Rico
    6%
  • Wyoming
    11%
  • New Mexico
    14%
  • Nevada
    15%
  • Hawaii
    17%
  • Alabama
    17%
  • Louisiana
    18%
  • Montana
    18%
  • Oklahoma
    19%
  • South Dakota
    20%
  • Georgia
    20%
  • Arkansas
    21%
  • Utah
    21%
  • Michigan
    22%
  • North Dakota
    22%
  • Arizona
    22%
  • Texas
    23%
  • West Virginia
    23%
  • Alaska
    24%
  • Kansas
    25%
  • Kentucky
    25%
  • Idaho
    25%
  • Colorado
    27%
  • Florida
    28%
  • Tennessee
    28%
  • Missouri
    29%
  • South Carolina
    30%
  • Ohio
    31%
  • North Carolina
    31%
  • Indiana
    32%
  • Nebraska
    32%
  • Wisconsin
    32%
  • New Jersey
    33%
  • Mississippi
    33%
  • New York
    34%
  • Virginia
    34%
  • California
    35%
  • Minnesota
    35%
  • Oregon
    35%
  • Delaware
    36%
  • Vermont
    37%
  • Illinois
    37%
  • District of Columbia
    38%
  • Maryland
    39%
  • Washington
    40%
  • Maine
    40%
  • New Hampshire
    40%
  • Iowa
    43%
  • Pennsylvania
    44%
  • Connecticut
    46%
  • Massachusetts
    48%
  • Rhode Island
    58%

Total Graduation Rate 2011

  • New Mexico
    30%
  • Alabama
    35%
  • Wyoming
    39%
  • Hawaii
    41%
  • South Dakota
    42%
  • Georgia
    42%
  • North Carolina
    43%
  • Oregon
    44%
  • Alaska
    45%
  • Arkansas
    45%
  • Indiana
    45%
  • Kentucky
    46%
  • Minnesota
    46%
  • Montana
    46%
  • South Carolina
    46%
  • Kansas
    47%
  • North Dakota
    48%
  • Michigan
    48%
  • Mississippi
    49%
  • Maryland
    49%
  • Texas
    49%
  • Colorado
    50%
  • Virginia
    50%
  • Nebraska
    51%
  • Maine
    51%
  • Vermont
    52%
  • Wisconsin
    52%
  • Nevada
    52%
  • District of Columbia
    52%
  • Delaware
    53%
  • West Virginia
    53%
  • Arizona
    53%
  • Puerto Rico
    53%
  • Louisiana
    53%
  • Illinois
    53%
  • Tennessee
    54%
  • New Hampshire
    54%
  • Washington
    54%
  • California
    55%
  • New Jersey
    55%
  • New York
    55%
  • Ohio
    55%
  • Missouri
    55%
  • Florida
    56%
  • Oklahoma
    56%
  • Utah
    57%
  • Idaho
    58%
  • Connecticut
    58%
  • Iowa
    58%
  • Massachusetts
    60%
  • Pennsylvania
    62%
  • Rhode Island
    67%