Blog Post | September 19, 2018

New Data on Student Debt, College Affordability, and Student Success Available on

Today, we updated College InSight ( – our unique web site for higher education research – with selected data for academic year 2016-17. These updated data include the cumulative debt of graduates, college costs, racial diversity, and the financial aid received by undergraduates.

For nine years, College InSight has been an easy-to-use, consumer-friendly resource for anyone interested in analyzing issues related to college affordability, diversity, and student success. Whether you are a prospective student interested in the racial and ethnic diversity of colleges you’re considering, an institutional researcher curious about how your college’s institutional grant aid awarding compares with that of peer institutions, or a policymaker trying to better understand differences in costs and debt across different types of institutions or states, this database is a valuable resource to identify and highlight important trends in higher education.

College InSight includes rich data from over 12,000 U.S. colleges and universities and nearly 200 variables. Unlike other higher education data tools, College InSight features totals and averages for states, sectors, and other groupings of colleges. In addition to data from the Department of Education, this tool includes undergraduate financial aid data from the Common Data Set (CDS), such as financial need, institutional grants, and the cumulative debt of graduates.

If you’re interested in student debt data, check out our 13th annual report, Student Debt and the Class of 2017, which was also released today. This report covers student debt for bachelor’s degree graduates from public and nonprofit colleges. Our interactive state map features state averages as well as college-level data, and connects to College InSight.

If you have any questions or suggestions about our data, please email us at