Statement on Release of Program-Level Earnings Data for Career Education Programs

November 17, 2016
Statement of Pauline Abernathy

Everyone agrees that students need clear and accurate information when deciding where to enroll in higher education. This is particularly true when the decision requires taking on student debt and spending taxpayer dollars. 

The data released on November 17, 2016 show the typical earnings for graduates of career education programs at public, for-profit, and nonprofit colleges. This is critical information for students deciding where to enroll. The data show huge variation in earnings among programs at the same school and for the same program offered at different schools. This underscores that it matters tremendously where students go for career education and what they study.