PA reps introduce bipartisan bill to help compare colleges

04 March 2024- Rep. Thomas Kutz (R-Cumberland) is partnering with Rep. Justin Fleming (D-Dauphin) to introduce legislation that would strengthen transparency for prospective Pennsylvania students who are shopping for opportunities in higher education. 

Their bill would require the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to create a comprehensive comparison tool that would provide valuable data to students who want to learn more about institutions of higher education and equip them to make more informed decisions regarding their post-secondary education. 

“Choosing a college and degree program are monumental decisions that lay the path for a student’s future and success,” said Kutz. “By providing students and their families with access to comprehensive and easily comparable information about institutions of higher education, we can help to ensure that they are able to make well-informed choices about their academic and financial futures.” 

Under the legislation, the comparison tool would include data about institutions and programs of study, with factors including affordability, student outcomes, employment demand and student loan repayment rates. This would result in improved student success and reduced student loan debt burdens.

PDE is already required to collect the data the comparison tool would feature; this legislation would simply require that it’s made available to the public in one easy-to-access location.