Cost of Attendance
Some schools come with a higher price tag. Schools that accept financial aid all publish “Cost of Attendance” figures that estimates the total cost a student would spend including tuition, books, housing, food and personal expenses.
Average Graduation Rates
Your goal is to walk off campus diploma in hand, so it’s important to see just how many students at a school are doing that. On average 59% of U.S. university students obtained a bachelor’s degree in four years.
Your School’s Program Offerings
It’s okay to not be sure what major you’re interested in on day one. Still, make sure the college you select has a good selection of programs that interest you and could develop into a career path.
Average Starting Salary
You already know your college education is an investment in your future earnings. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, someone with a bachelor’s earns an average of $68,812 a year. But not all degrees are created equal. Graduates of some schools earn higher salaries than graduates of other schools. Because of that you can’t use just the national averages to predict your starting salary after graduation.
In-State Tuition for Out-of-State Colleges
Have your sights on a great school in another state? Don’t lose hope that it will be financially out of reach. Some schools allow top performers to apply during their sophomore year for a waiver allowing them to pay in-state tuition. Plus, programs like the New England Regional Student Program offers in-state tuition for students from neighboring states.