July 1, 2011
Ben Wolfgang of the Washington Times has written a useful article about a Department of Education website which contains web tool called the College Affordability and Transparency Center. The site instructs the user to:
Use the options below to generate a report on the highest (top 5%) and lowest (bottom 10%) academic year charges for each sector. Tuition reports include tuition and required fees. Net price is cost of attendance minus grant and scholarship aid. Data are reported by institutions and are for full-time beginning students.
The options are types of schools (e.g., Public, 4-year or above). As Professor Richard Vedder points out the database isnt perfect because schools can game the system a bit by imposing voluntary fees to lower tuition amounts.
That said, it should prove helpful to those seeking further schooling. The Family Research Council is concerned about the effect of college tuition costs and debt on family formation, and tools like this website can assist purchasers of a college education reduce the cost.