Students in Stanford University’s English program can expect to earn roughly $24,000 two years after graduating from the prestigious, private university. Just down the street, students who earn a two-year associate’s degree through Foothill College in allied health diagnostic, intervention and treatment professions can expect to make about $113,000.
Philosophy majors at highly selective UC Berkeley can expect to earn about $21,000 shortly after graduation — after shelling out more than $15,000 a year for the degree. At Cal State East Bay, in Hayward, which costs about $11,000 a year to attend, students who earn a bachelor’s degree in construction management can bank on making about $80,000.
The mind-bending disparities are just some of the data families and students can glean from the U.S. Education Department’s recently updated College Scorecard, which aims to put a realistic spin on the financial costs — and payoffs — of higher education.