On Saturday, the White House released the Department of Education's new College Scorecard. Designed to give students and families more information on outcomes, it includes institution-specific data such as earnings 10 years after enrolling and loan repayment data.
Some highlights for Washington state:
- University of Washington (Seattle) leads the four-year public universities in the percent of its students that earn above a high school graduate's earnings six years after enrollment (75%).
- North Seattle Community College has the lowest average annual cost (for federal aid recipients, after all federal, state, and local aid) at $2,864.
- Whitman College has the highest six-year graduation rate for four-year colleges at 88%.
- Seattle University boasts the highest median earnings 10 years after attending at $55,200.
As with all large sets of data, caution should be taken not to put too much stock into any one category, but the new tool is a promising step in the right direction to give students and their families the information they need to make the best decisions for their higher education.