The University of North Texas at Dallas has been named the No. 2 Best Public College and No. 7 Overall College for Lowest Student Debt in the nation. Using data licensed from Peterson’s College DataLendEDU creates annual Student Loan Debt Rankings and posted its 2017 findings online at:

“LendEDU’s data-driven study of student loan debt validates who we are at UNT Dallas – this university was built on the belief that every student should have the opportunity to earn a college degree, regardless of their economic background,” said UNT Dallas President Bob Mong. “Our affordable tuition plans ensure that our graduates enter the job market with financial freedom – not saddled with student debt. This allows our UNT Dallas alumni to chase their professional passion knowing that their dreams won’t be deterred by debt.”

According to the College Board, for the 2016-17 school year, American college students at in-state public schools paid, on average, $20,090, up 2.6% from $19,570 in 2015-16. At UNT Dallas, full-time tuition and fees remain less than $8,000 per year.  

Texas Senator Royce West, who was instrumental in the formation of UNT Dallas, said the Student Loan Debt Ranking falls in line with his reasoning for helping UNTD open as an independent university in 2010.

“One of the premier reasons that I championed the creation of the first state-supported, public, four-year university in the city of Dallas was that it was time for the largest city in our nation’s fourth-largest metropolitan area to have a public university within its boundary,” West said. “The second was that I wanted accessibility and affordability to higher education for the constituents I served and those yet unborn.”

According to LendEDU’s research, the majority of American college students use student loan debt to pay for college. Student loans are offered primarily by the Department of Education and by a number private banks and lenders. Over the last decade, the rising costs of college has increased the gap between financial aid and cost of attendance. As a result, more students are using student debt to fund their higher educations.

As part of its Student Loan Debt By School By State Report, LendEDU ranks our nation’s colleges and universities to see which schools were giving graduates the most and the least student loan debt. LendEDU licensed the financial aid data from Peterson’s annual financial aid survey. In the report, LendEDU provided the following information for 1,161 institutions:

  • Average student debt per borrower
  • Percentage of graduates w/ student debt
  • Average private student debt per borrower
  • Percentage of graduates w/ private student debt
  • Overall rank in the United States (from highest debt per borrower to lowest debt per borrower)
  • State rank (from highest debt per borrower to lowest debt per borrower)
  • % change in average student debt per borrower vs. last year’s data

Under Mong’s leadership, UNT Dallas has achieved record enrollment exceeding 3,000 students, with an expectation of growth to 5,000+ students by 2021. A residential campus for the first time in 2017, UNTD offers the most affordable tuition plans in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, helping students blaze their trail toward a bachelor’s, master’s or juris doctoral degree, while minimizing student debt. UNT Dallas’ value-based education is accompanied by innovative, high-quality academic programs that include opportunities for rich experiential learning.