Google launched a new feature today thatll let users view all the information they might want about a college directly in Search. Prospective students typically have to scour a colleges website to figure out student body demographics, tuition costs, and aid possibilities. Now, Google pulls all that data to provide stats on the average cost of schooling after student aid is applied, including how that breaks down by income, as well as graduation rates and students typical annual income 10 years out of school. Potential students can also explore enrollment rates, notable alumni, and similar colleges. This only applies to four-year colleges in the US. Part of the Search data comes from the US Department of Educations College Scorecard and Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Google says. But it also worked with education researchers and nonprofit organizations, high school counselors, and admissions professionals to build the feature. Its rolling out on mobile today with some features on desktop.
This includes the ones you can actually afford. The college you choose could easily affect the rest of your life, but there aren't many tools to give you a feel for what a school will really be like, including whether or not you can afford it in the first place. Google might just help. It's introducing a college search feature that pops up detailed information about four-year US colleges (such as Spelman, UCLA or Yale) to help you decide. You'll have access to valuable info like the average cost after student aid, the annual income 10 years after enrollment, admissions and hard-to-quantify aspects like student life. The search feature draws on Department of Education data as well as help from education researchers, counselors, admissions pros and non-profits. You can use the search feature right now on both desktop and mobile. The timing is somewhat awkward if you were hoping to use it for college this fall (there are many schools that stopped taking applications months ago), but it's worth keeping in mind if you're in the hunt and want the maximum return for your education dollar.