Bill would create comparison tool for future college students

Written by Rachel McDevitt | Aug 22, 2017 9:00 AM

(Harrisburg) -- A plan in the state House aims to help prospective college students choose the right school and potentially stay in Pennsylvania.

Republican Representative Bryan Cutler of Lancaster County says people under 40 are leaving the state at the fastest rate, and he's concerned it's because they can't find jobs here with the degrees--and student debt load--they have. 

Cutler is sponsoring a bill to require the Department of Education to create a comparison tool on its website to allow students and parents to weigh a number of factors when picking a college.

"Probably one of the most frustrating things for me throughout this process was I discovered that we already collect most of this information, it's just not easily accessible to the public," Cutler said.

Factors would include tuition, graduation rates, average borrowing amount, and a list of jobs that are currently in high demand in Pennsylvania.

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