Paying for College Data Crunch

MATH: Central Tendency of College Costs

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Calculate mean, median, and mode
  • Analyze data on college costs


Source: NGPF

DATA CRUNCH: What's the Distribution of Federal Student Loan Debt in the U.S.?

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Analyze a histogram of student loan debt
  • Make predictions about the future distribution of student loan debt


Source: ValuePenguin

DATA CRUNCH: What's The Average College Budget?

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Analyze a stacked bar graph that breaks down student expenses for different types of colleges.
  • Compare the cost of tuition, room and board, boks, transportation, and other college expenses.
  • Compare college costs at private four-year colleges, public four-year out-of-state colleges, public four-year in-state colleges, and public two-year commuter colleges.


Source: Business Insider

DATA CRUNCH: What's The Value of A College Degree?

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Compare annual earnings of college and high school graduates of different age groups
  • Discuss the value of a college degree
  • Explain when a college degree is and/or is not valuable


Source: Pew Research Center

DATA CRUNCH: What’s The Value of A College Major?

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Compare earnings of college graduates with different majors
  • Discuss factors that affect earnings
  • Hypothesize how average salaries of different majors would be impacted by changing external factors


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DATA CRUNCH: Which Colleges Have The Best Return on Investment?

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Analyze bar graphs of the graduation rate and return on investment for the 10 colleges with the highest 20-year ROI.


Source: Payscale, Inc.