Back to Skills

Video Tutorial: How to Use the College Scorecard Tool

Find college data on student loans, alumni earnings and more.

Back to Skills

If you’re on the higher education beat, your readers are hungry for news and information about student loans and whether a particular college or major paid off in the form of a good job.

Luckily, the U.S. Department of Education has started providing free in-depth data on student debt levels and alumni earnings on its College Scorecard.

To help you get started in using this important news-making database, the Education Writers Association has teamed up with Pete D’Amato, the data visualization developer at The Hechinger Report, to create short how-to videos.

The College Scorecard provides data on five areas: cost, graduation rate, employment rate, average amount borrowed and loan default rate.

Watch this video to learn how to use the basic interactive tool.

When you’re ready to tackle the entire database, check out Part II of this series.