Mapping College ROI: Payscale’s 2015 College ROI Report by State

No doubt, there is more to be gained from college than just a good job. People are always giving college students advice about how to maximize this invaluable experience. But, these days, it pays to be practical as well. Soaring student loan debt is crippling graduates, their parents, and the economy. Payscale's College ROI report was created to help students and families factor in ROI data when selecting a college.

Why Do Graduates Leave Their State?

Public colleges and universities rely heavily on state funding in order to offer affordable classes to their student body. However, in some states, that same student body leaves after graduation, essentially causing the public system of higher education to invest in the workforce for other states. The reasons for this are complex and surprising; it certainly requires more than a quick fix.

Has College Outlived Its Usefulness?

As the cost of college soars to unsustainable heights, its efficacy has been seriously called into question. Students now have direct access to employers, open-access online courses and a jaded outlook of "finding the right fit" when selecting a place to pursue their higher education. With so many colleges giving such a low return on investment, more people demand to know what they're actually paying for.