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UHD Makes The List for Affordable Education & Student Economic Mobility

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) continues to make good on its promise to offer a high-quality and affordable education for its students to Finish UHD Strong.

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education recently released this year's College Affordability and Transparency rankings based on tuition, fees, and average net price.

Recently, UHD ranked among four-year or above, public universities, across the U.S. for the lowest next net price (the cost of attendance after considering all grant and scholarship aid) charged to students.

As the second largest four-year university in the city, UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas and Houston.

UHD also was ranked on SR Education Group's list "Best Online Colleges Highlighting Student Support," which is available on GuideToOnlineSchools.com and OnlineU.org.

The SR Education Group announced five categories of rankings highlighting the best and most affordable online colleges based on tuition rates and support for specific student populations including: LGBTQ students, WOMEN in STEM, students with disabilities, Christian students, and students seeking economic mobility.

For 2018 in the category of "Best Online Colleges for Student Economic Mobility," UHD was ranked among 92 schools that have the highest upward mobility rates for low-income students. These online colleges offer exceptional opportunity for student upward economic mobility—all receiving Mobility Scores of 65 or higher. Using data from The Equality of Opportunity Project, SR Education Group identified these online colleges and universities as having the highest percentages of students moving from the lowest income bracket in the United States to the highest. Schools on this list earned a Mobility Score higher than 65, receiving high marks due to their mobility rates, Pell Grant rates, and early career salaries.

In addition to having high rates of economic mobility for their students, UHD ranked seventh among 15 online schools for their economic diversity. These schools have student populations that include a high proportion of students with financial need. Using Pell Grant, early career salary, and economic mobility data.

Remaining affordable is an example of UHD’s commitment to the Houston Guided Pathways to Success (Houston GPS) initiative. This multi-institutional partnership fosters collaboration among area colleges and universities with the goal of helping students graduate on time and with less debt. Additionally, Houston GPS is focused on streamlining the transfer process between local community colleges and universities.