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The College Scorecard is an online treasure trove of federal data that can help prospective students choose the college that's right for them.

Collegescorecard.ed.gov can tell you a lot about a school – from graduation rates and the earnings of former students to how much debt you can expect to take on. College Scorecard data provide essential details for students and prospective students across all colleges, helping them to make informed decisions about their post-secondary education plans. The data also shines a spotlight on accessible colleges that are serving their students well, including by closing gaps in the completion rates among students of color compared with white students and by ensuring programs lead to positive career outcomes with manageable levels of debt.

The U.S. Department of Education recently updated the site, adding new data. The updated scorecard lets you compare schools based on graduates’ earnings, then see how those earnings compare to workers without a degree. It even shows how well a school serves its low-income students.

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The College Scorecard builds on efforts by the Biden-Harris Administration to address barriers to college completion, particularly for students from low-income backgrounds and students of color, and increase accountability for institutions of higher education. Dr. Miguel Cardona, Secretary of Education discussed these efforts as part of his vision for education from early childhood education through higher education and career pathways, which he laid out earlier this year. Efforts include:

  • Launching the Institutional and Programmatic Eligibility negotiated rulemaking committee to develop strong rules to ensure career training programs lead to valuable credentials for their graduates
  • Establishing an Office of Enforcement within the office of Federal Student Aid to identify and address major problems across institutions that pose widespread risks to students and taxpayers
  • Providing billions in federal COVID relief funding for institutions that serve high populations of students of color and students from low-income backgrounds
  • Canceling more than $15 billion in student loan debt for 675,000 borrowers across the country
  • Proposing expanded access through more funding for Pell Grants for students

New research highlights ten schools that are engines of economic mobility: They enroll the highest proportion of students from low- and moderate-income backgrounds and “provide them with a strong return on their educational investment.” Six of the top ten are in the California State University system. At the top: California State University-Los Angeles. According to the Scorecard, that school’s average annual cost is a minuscule $2,768, its median earnings top the midpoint, and its graduation rate holds steady at 68% for all students, as well as just Pell Grant recipients.

Check out the new updates at Collegescorecard.ed.gov.

 

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