Virginia students to get more information about prospective colleges

Virginia students filling out college applications will soon be able to see exactly how a degree will help their employment and earnings prospects, reports The Huffington Post.

For the past two years, lawmakers in the state have been drafting legislation to make the college applications process more transparent and highlight the benefits of earning a degree. Beginning in the spring, students will be able to look at their earning potential after finishing their degrees thanks to a new statewide database.

Prospective students will be able to compare qualifications, contrast degrees offered by various colleges across the state and even examine the differences between majors offered at a single campus. The database, which will go live in April, is the first of its kind in the U.S.

Transparency of the college application process has been a major part of President Barack Obama's education reforms. According to the White House website, college scorecards will soon be introduced to provide students and their families with a better idea of what they're getting into by filling out college applications.

When you're applying to schools, do some research and see if earnings information is available for your major. 

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