LSU has the fifth-lowest cost of attendance among the 50 flagship institutions nationwide, according to the new College Scorecard released by the White House and U.S. Department of Education on Saturday.
University officials highlighted LSU’s marks on the scorecard today, noting the flagship Baton Rouge campus ranks No. 27 in graduation rates among the 50 flagship institutions, No. 28 in salaries earned after attending. LSU also comes in at No. 45 in percentage of students carrying debt and No. 41 in the total debt amount carried by students.
Among SEC schools listed in the scorecard, LSU is the second cheapest to attend and sixth in overall salary of graduates, LSU says. LSU President F. King Alexander, along with families and other officials from universities across the country, had a hand in developing the scorecard’s criteria, which includes financial aid, debt the average student carries and the most popular academic programs.
“There are many higher education rankings available, but none have shown the important outcome measures students need when making a college choice all in one place,” Alexander says in a prepared statement. “Before you buy a vehicle, you do your research and check a consumer report guide of Kelley Blue Book. Why wouldn’t you do the same before investing in your education?”