College Scorecard Updated by US Department of Education

As the school year begins, many high school students, parents, and working Americans are thinking about their next educational steps.  With so many postsecondary options to consider, it’s important that all prospective students have the information they need to make the best decision possible.  These decisions—to pursue a higher education, with which type of degree, and at which institution—all have a lasting impact on students and their futures.

The U.S. Department of Education recently released its first annual update of the redesigned College Scorecard—available at—to ensure that students and families have up-to-date, comprehensive, and reliable information available on colleges, all in an easy-to-understand format. The site allows visitors to sort and filter their search results to easily compare schools and consider the typical costs, average student loan amount, students’ ability to repay their loans, and their future earnings. State education and workforce leaders can use this website to compare higher education opportunities in their states to those in the surrounding region and across the country.

  • For students, higher education may be the single most important investment they can make in their futures to ensure they have the knowledge and skills needed to compete in an increasingly global marketplace. By 2020, two-thirds of all jobs will require a postsecondary education; and college graduates are likely to earn a lot more and experience lower unemployment than those with only a high school diploma.
  • This year, the U.S. Department of Education provided its first update of the redesigned College Scorecard, an interactive college search tool created with direct input from students, families, and their advisers. 
  • So far, 1.5 million users have visited the website to further explore their college options.
  • The Scorecard provides national data on college costs, graduation rates, typical debt levels, and post-college earnings.
  • The College Scorecard can be used to do specific searches, including the ability to find men- or women-only institutions, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, specific religious affiliations, schools that offer particular types of degrees and academic programs, and so much more.