Return on Investment

To assist lawmakers, taxpayers, students and families in understanding the value of postsecondary education in Colorado,HB18-1226, Higher Education Review Degree Program Costs and Outcomes, directed the Colorado Department of Higher Education to publish an annual return on investment (ROI) report.

Colorado Rises: Maximizing Value for Students and our State, 2019



As the report explains, return on investment varies by individual. The actual price of attendance goes beyond tuition costs, including fees, room and board and other costs associated with being a successful college student. Since most students receive financial aid, few pay the published cost of attendance; however, more students in Colorado and nationally are graduating with debt to finance their education. Debt and price are also influenced by choices available to and made by students and families along their credential pathway, including academic program, career opportunities, living arrangements and more. Taken together, these elements help students and families understand the value of their credential.

Report Snapshots
Postsecondary Degree Earnings Outcomes Tools

This interactive tool depicts annual median earnings for Colorado graduates 1, 5 and 10 years following the completion of a credential. You can use this tool to search for median earnings based on field of study, credential level and institution.


Email your questions to Michael.Vente@dhe.state.co.us or Katie.Zaback@dhe.state.co.us


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