New Government Scorecard for Colleges

Taken from Practical Homeschooling Magazine #107
January/February/March 2013 Edition

From the “We’re from the government and we’re here to help” department:  In February, the White House released its new College Scorecard.  According to the site, “You can use the College Scorecard to find out more about a college’s affordability and value so you can make more informed decisions about which college to attend.”

However, this isn’t a magic bullet for comparing the real costs of various colleges.  At least, not yet.

You can search for colleges based on majors, “awards” (the site’s odd term for degrees or certification), state, zip code, size, campus setting, region, and “distance education” (only colleges which exclusively offer distance-learning degrees).

This is not terribly impressive, as even the New York Times, usually a fan of such initiatives, has pointed out.  For years the College Board’s website has let you search for colleges by more criteria than those.

But there’s more!   (more…)