ProPublica ranks UC Davis second in NCAA Tournament at graduating low-income students

University of California, Davis' first NCAA Tournament berth is unprecedented, but the university's ability to graduate low-income students with little debt is far less surprising.

According to investigative website ProPublica, UC Davis is the second best school in the tournament at helping poor students graduate without a lot of debt. 

"It's a real point of pride," said Deborah Agee, the college's director of financial aid. 

ProPublica analyzed all the schools in the Big Dance across five categories -- percentage of undergraduates from low-income households, average financial aid given to these students, the tuition discount received, post-graduation debt and percentage of students unable to pay back loans a decade after graduation. 

Agee pointed out some key figures. 

In the 2015-16 school year, the average student debt at UC Davis was $17,262. That's far less than the national average of $30,100, according to the Institute for College Access & Success.

Moreover, 42.8 percent of the school's undergraduates received federal Pell Grants in 2014. 

So who's number one? 

UC Davis "loses" narrowly to Princeton University in the championship game. 

"We think we're better than Princeton," Agee joked. 

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