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Western Colleges that Offer the Least Student Loan Assistance

March 29, 2019

Most every college and university in the United States provides need-based financial aid to students.  However, need-based financial aid can take several different forms, including grants, scholarships, work-study positions, and student loans.  While incurring student debt is the least desirable way to finance a college education, for many students taking on debt is unavoidable nonetheless.  As such, it is important for students and families to know which schools typically provide the most and least financial assistance in the form of student loans.


The tables below present the colleges in the West that offer the least financial aid to students in the form of loans.  The first table presents the bottom ten schools by average student loan assistance in absolute dollars. The second table lists the bottom ten schools based on average student loan assistance as a percentage of the cost of attendance.  When considering the data herein, it is important to recognize that some schools offer lesser student loan assistance in terms of absolute dollars, while others offer loans of greater dollar values that nonetheless constitute a lesser percentage of the school’s cost of attendance.


The data for these tables was sourced from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), a federal government-sponsored national database of higher education institutions, for the 2017-18 school year.  The underlying loans on which the data is based include subsidized and unsubsidized loans issued to incoming freshmen, but exclude PLUS loans issued to parents.


Western Colleges that Offer the Least Student Loan Assistance

(in absolute $)

Institution Name

Location

Average Student Loan Assistance

Whitman College

Washington

$5,395

Arizona Christian University

Arizona

$5,359

University of Nevada at Las Vegas

Nevada

$5,345

Scripps College

California

$5,184

New Mexico State University - Main Campus

New Mexico

$4,760

Pitzer College

California

$4,749

California State University at Monterey Bay

California

$4,541

Claremont McKenna College

California

$4,369

Southern Utah University

Utah

$4,155

California State University at Los Angeles

California

$3,945


Western Colleges that Offer the Least Student Loan Assistance

(as % of COA)

Institution Name

Location

Average Student Loan Assistance

Holy Names University

California

11.5%

Mills College

California

10.8%

Chapman University

California

10.7%

Lewis & Clark College

Oregon

10.6%

Harvey Mudd College

California

10.0%

Pomona College

California

9.8%

Whitman College

Washington

8.7%

Scripps College

California

7.5%

Pitzer College

California

6.9%

Claremont McKenna College

California

6.3%