Hawaii’s community college system was ranked in the top 20 of WalletHub’s 2018 list, placing 15th.
The personal finance website selected a sample of 715 schools from the list of member institutions in the American Association of Community Colleges. WalletHub evaluated the schools based on three key dimensions, including: cost and financing, education outcomes and career outcomes.
The Aloha State’s ranking is down compared to last year, when the state placed 11th on WalletHub’s list, however, the site told Pacific Business News it discourages direct comparisons to previous years as the study’s methodology has been updated.
The three states ranked highest in the 2018 study were South Dakota, Minnesota and Montana. The three states at the bottom were West Virginia, Louisiana and Pennsylvania.
WalletHub also ranked individual community colleges based on cost and education and career outcomes.
The highest-ranking community college in Hawaii was Kauai Community College (No. 139 out of 715), Honolulu Community College (No. 202), Kapiolani Community College (No. 220), Hawaii Community College (No. 452), Leeward Community College (No. 459) and Windward Community College (No. 471).