UNLV gets good rank for ‘Least Debt’

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For the second year in a row, UNLV was named the most diverse undergraduate campus by U.S News and World Report, tied for first place with Rutgers University, Newark.

UNLV is a Minority-Serving and Hispanic-Serving Institution, as designated by the U.S. Dept. of Education, with the report noting that 29 percent of the student body at UNLV is Hispanic.

But UNLV also fared well in the category of Least Debt for the Class of ‘17, ranking at #30.

Forty-six percent of UNLV graduating students took out loans, either from the university itself, from financial institutions, from federal, state and local governments, or a combination thereof. Of students who borrowed, the “average total indebtedness” was $21,333.

Meantime, the average need-based scholarship or grant award at UNLV is $6,697 while the in-state tuition and fees for the 2018 academic year was $7,308. Out-of-state tuition and fees come to $21,774 a year.

The median starting salary of UNLV alumni is $46,800, according to the U.S. News ranking report.

More than three-quarters of students applied for need-based assistance. Of those, 61 percent of full-time undergraduates received some kind of need-based financial aid at UNLV.

For most students who received financial aid, about two-thirds of their costs were met. Needs were fully met for only about 16 percent of students receiving aid.

Jeniffer Solis
Reporter | Jeniffer was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where she attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas before graduating in 2017 with a B.A in Journalism and Media Studies. While at UNLV she was a senior staff writer for the student newspaper, the UNLV Scarlet and Gray Free Press, and a news reporter for KUNV 91.5 FM, covering everything from the Route 91 shooting to UNLV housing. She has also contributed to the UNLV News Center and worked as a production engineer for several KUNV broadcasts before joining the Nevada Current. She’s an Aries.

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