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DDN: Bill would make colleges tell students their likely income

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Excerpt from the Dayton Daily News

A new bill in the Ohio legislature would require state public colleges and universities to send prospective students a packet with information including costs of college, grants and scholarships, expected monthly loan payments, and what they can expect to make after college.

State Rep. Adam Mathews, R-Lebanon, one of two Ohio legislators who proposed the bill, said it would give prospective students more information about what to expect once they get out of college.

“Putting that information in front of them will give them the best opportunity to match their skills and their dreams to what our great Ohio colleges can provide,” Mathews said.

The state can only regulate the state’s public colleges in this way, but Mathews said he hopes private colleges in Ohio follow the lead of the state and post similar information. He believes giving out this information will help Ohio’s universities and colleges be more competitive.

“I think it will also put our state colleges in a great position to market the value add they have for the very reasonable cost they have and the salary our students should expect,” Mathews said.

Already, the state attracts more students to its colleges than it sends to colleges out of state.