Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Get 2 limited-edition podcast mugs when you make a sustaining gift of $8 or more per month today!

Federal Data Shows Earnings Gap Between Public, For-Profit Career Training Programs


New data released today by the U.S. Department of Education shows students — in New Hampshire and elsewhere — who graduate from career training programs at public universities tend to earn more than those who attended private, for-profit institutions.

Nationwide, students who graduated from a career training program at a public institution, like a community college, made an average of $9,000 more a year in 2014 than graduates of for-profit institutions.

In New Hampshire, the data show a similar trend. For instance, students who graduated with a medical assistant certificate from River Valley Community College made an average of about $28,000 a year. Students who completed a similar medical assistant program at the now-defunct, for-profit Mount Washington College were making roughly $19,000 a year.

There are not currently any for-profit colleges operating in the state.

The department plans to use the data to determine whether colleges should remain eligible for federal student aid programs.

Jason Moon is a senior reporter and producer on the Document team. He has created longform narrative podcast series on topics ranging from unsolved murders, to presidential elections, to secret lists of police officers.

You make NHPR possible.

NHPR is nonprofit and independent. We rely on readers like you to support the local, national, and international coverage on this website. Your support makes this news available to everyone.

Give today. A monthly donation of $5 makes a real difference.