Department of Education Expands College Scorecard to Help Students Choose Post-Secondary Education
On Nov. 20, the U.S. Department of Education announced that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has delivered on her promise to provide students with more information than ever in order to make decisions on their post-secondary education.
The College Scorecard, a tool provided through the U.S. Department of Education, has been re-designed to provide customized and accessible data regarding potential debt, potential earnings, graduation rates and even apprenticeships, based on specific fields of study at a college or university.
For example, a student who is interested in attending a certain college can find out how many students attend the college, the average graduation rate, the average overall earnings, and the average debt and student loan payments for students who attend that school. If they’re interested in majoring in English, they can look at information specific to students who earn a degree in English. They can find out the median total debt they graduate with, and the median earnings for students who go into that field of work after graduating.
Previously, the median debt and median earnings were only available for colleges overall, rather than being specific to each program of study.