U.S. Department of Education announces changes to College Scorecard, plans for future expansion

In late May the U.S. Department of Education (the Department) announced several changes to its College Scorecard, a tool that is intended to help students and their families make informed decisions about postsecondary enrollment.

Then, in July – in a final rule in which the Department announced that it would rescind its "gainful employment" regulations effective 1 July 2020 – the Department explained that it plans to expand the program-level and institution-level data available from the College Scorecard in the future. The purpose of the expansion is to help students "make enrollment choices informed by debt and earnings data, thus enabling a market-based accountability system to function" and to "help taxpayers understand where their investments have generated the highest and lowest returns."

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