Cameron University earns berth in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2012 “Least Debt” rankings

For the fourth consecutive year, Cameron University has earned a prestigious position in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” rankings. Graduates of Cameron University for 2009-10 had the third-lowest debt load in the nation of the 626 universities surveyed in the Regional Universities category, according to the just-released “America’s Best Colleges 2012” report. This continues Cameron’s trend of having its graduates leave with low debt, as CU has ranked in the top three of the Regional Universities each of the past four years. Significantly, only 32 percent of CU’s 2010 graduates completed their degree work with any debt.

In tabulating debt load, the report includes loans taken out by students from colleges, private financial institutions and federal, state and local governments. Parents’ loans are not included.

 “Cameron’s commitment to affordability has made it the ‘University of Choice’ for students by helping to eliminate financial obstacles,” says Cameron President Cindy Ross. “For three consecutive years, Cameron University has experienced record enrollment growth – up more than 20 percent since 2008. The continued growth is due to the generosity of our committed donors who help Cameron offer private scholarships along with resident tuition waivers and university scholarships to ensure students graduate with little to no debt at all. We are truly appreciative of the donors who provide scholarships for Cameron students.”

Cameron’s commitment to providing increased financial support to students is evidenced by the significant increase in resident tuition waivers, private scholarships and university scholarships. Resident tuition waivers and university scholarships increased by seven percent compared to last year – a three-year increase of 18 percent. Additionally, private scholarship support has increased an impressive 189 percent in the past eight years. More Cameron students are receiving scholarships than ever before, and those scholarships are in higher amounts. In the past 10 years, Cameron has increased funding for tuition waivers and scholarships by 156 percent, from $759,000 to $1,946,200.

The university continues to assist students with major initiatives from CU $upports You, a comprehensive student assistance initiative launched in 2009. The support includes a textbook check-out program known as Check It Out üBooks, participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program for Veterans, assistance for displaced workers, and an emergency loan program.

Additionally, in 2010, the Cameron University Bookstore launched “Rent-A-Text,” a textbook rental program to further reduce the cost of books.     

U.S. News & World Report has been compiling data and publishing “America’s Best Colleges” for more than 25 years. Cameron University is included in the West region of the Regional Universities category, which includes institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs.

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September 26, 2011

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