Weekly College Update
Dear Senior Huskies, Snow Leopards, Bulldogs, and Thunderbirds,
We know that a college degree has tons of value-- higher earning potential and more career opportunities over your lifetime. However, how do you pick the college with the best value? Which school is going to give you the most “bang for your buck” so to speak?
This week’s focus is making your decision, part one: determining the value of a college.
There are a few factors that will help you compare the value of different colleges. They are:
The cost of earning your degree
The college’s graduation rate
The average salary of graduates
Luckily, there’s a great new tool from the U.S. Department of Ed where you can easily compare schools based on these three factors. It’s called the College Scorecard.
Let’s say, for example, that a student wants to attend college in southern California and has been accepted to CSU Northridge, UC Irvine, and Pomona College. Which one offers the best value? Often, people would guess the CSU because it has the lowest tuition price. However, let’s compare them on the scorecard:
In this case, the average cost of Northridge for students isn’t much lower than the UC or private school at all. And, their average graduation rate and salary are much lower. Even though Pomona is a private school, they do a great job of bringing down the cost by offering aid and their graduation rate is incredibly high! While you might pay slightly more for Pomona, you’re almost guaranteed to graduate on time, and that makes it a great value.
So, don’t base this important life decision on assumptions! Do the research. Get onto College Scorecard and see how your colleges stack up in terms of value.
Director of College Readiness