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'College Scorecard:' Alumni Of Arizona Universities Earn More Than National Average

Students who attended Arizona State University are earning about $45,000 annually 10 years after entering school.  That’s the highest average among Arizona’s three public universities. 

The University of Arizona was a close second when it came to average graduate earnings, at just over $44,000 a year.  And for those who attended Northern Arizona University, the average was about $39,000. All three were above the national average of around $34,000. 

This information was published as part of the federal “ college scorecard” released over the weekend. The website includes a range of data including student cost, graduation rate and alumni salaries for colleges and universities across the country. 

Eileen Kline, president of the Arizona Board of Regents, said this increased transparency is a good thing for families considering college. 

"It tells families exactly what they want to know right now," said Kline. "Which is how much does it cost to go to college, what’s the likelihood of a student graduating and what’s the salary going to be after graduation." 

Plans for this system were announced by the Obama administration two years ago. Officials say they hope to create more informed consumers.

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Carrie Jung Senior Field Correspondent, Education Desk Carrie Jung began her public radio career in Albuquerque, N.M., where she fell in love with the diverse cultural scene and unique political environment of the Southwest. Jung has been heard on KJZZ since 2013 when she served as a regular contributor to the Fronteras Desk from KUNM Albuquerque. She covered several major stories there including New Mexico's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and Albuquerque's failed voter initiative to ban late-term abortions. Jung has also contributed stories about environmental and Native American issues to NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera America, WNYC's The Takeaway, and National Native News. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in marketing, both from Clemson University. When Jung isn't producing content for KJZZ she can usually be found buried beneath mounds of fabric and quilting supplies. She recently co-authored a book, "Sweet And Simple Sewing," with her mother and sister, who are fabric designers.