The White House’s New College Scorecard Is Online, With Some Technical Difficulties

The College Scorecard touted by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address is out.

The interactive site gives information about how much the average student pays — and borrows — to attend each institution, as well as six-year graduation rates and loan default rates. It promises to soon have details on the employment and earnings of students after college.

In his speech, Obama said that colleges must keep their costs down, and that it's the job of the federal government to "make sure they do."

"My Administration will release a new College Scorecard that parents and students can use to compare schools based on a simple criteria: where you can get the most bang for your educational buck," he said.

The president's plug might have worked a little too well, overwhelming the site with web traffic. Within hours of its release on Wednesday morning, people were having trouble getting the pages to load.

You can find the College Scorecard at www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education/higher-education/college-score-card

OAKLAND TRIBUNE

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