Index measures economic diversity

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Thompson Hall at UNH in Durham, NH

The New York Times has ranked UNH 85th on its College Access Index, a guide that rates schools based on their commitment to economic diversity, which the newspaper called "Doing the Most for the American Dream."

To create the index, data was collected from approximately 170 colleges and universities having a five-year graduation rate of at least 75 percent. Three factors were considered: the number of first-year students receiving Pell grants, which typically go to students whose families earn less than $70,000; the graduation rate of low- and middle-income students; and the cost to educate them.

The Department of Education publishes net price data of colleges whose students receive federal aid.

UNH is committed to providing need-based financial assistance to its students. In February, the university unveiled the Granite Guarantee, a tuition program for first-year Pell-eligible students that bridges the gap between UNH in-state tuition and a student’s Pell grant, making UNH tuition-free for those who qualify. Launching this fall, the Granite Guarantee is expected to help more than 400 first-year students on the Durham and Manchester campuses.

No separate application is needed for UNH’s Granite Guarantee. Students simply apply for admission to UNH and apply for financial aid through the existing procedures.

This month, U.S. News and World Report ranked New Hampshire number 1 among the best states for economic opportunity. 

The 2017-2018 common application is now available. 

Jeremy Gasowski | Communications and Public Affairs | | 603-862-4465