College Affordability Dashboard: Virginia

The College Affordability Dashboard compiles data from multiple sources to help the public compare how state colleges and universities stack up on measures of college affordability and value.

We selected these metrics because we think they represent institutional performance on factors that are important to students and families in making decisions about their investment in higher education. We hope they also inform conversations about policies and practices that make college more affordable for more students. We used the latest publicly available data for these metrics.


Public Four-Year Institutions

Public Two-Year Institutions

About The Metrics:

Average Net Price

Refers to the average price of attendance at an institution after grants and scholarships are subtracted. This represents the average amount that students and families need to come up with and pay on their own.

Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary
Education Data System (IPEDS) Student Financial Aid Component (2016-17)

10-year Change in Tuition and Fees

Shows how much tuition and fees have changed for an institution over the past decade.

Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Institutional Characteristics Component (2007-08 and 2017-18)

In-State Students Enrolled

Shows how much of an institution’s undergraduate enrollment is made up of students from within the state.

Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Fall Enrollment Component (Fall 2017)

Pell Grant Recipients

Shows how much of an institution’s total undergraduate enrollment is made up of students who receive Pell grants.

Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Student Financial Aid Component (2016-17)

Typical Total Debt after Graduation

Shows the median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who complete. Includes only federal loans and excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.

Source: U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard (NSLDS FY2016, FY2017 pooled cohorts)

5-year Cohort Default Rate

Refers to the proportion of students who take out federal student loans who fail to repay those loans five years after they enter repayment.

Source: Center for American Progress Analysis of U.S. Department of Education Default Rate Data (For borrowers who started repaying their loans in 2012)

5-year Borrower in Trouble Rate

Refers to the proportion of students who take out federal student loans who are in default, delinquency, or suspension for other reasons five years after they enter repayment.

Source: Center for American Progress Analysis of U.S. Department of Education Default Rate Data (For borrowers who started repaying their loans in 2012)

Salary 10 Years after Attending

Shows the median salary of students who attend a particular college or university a decade after entering the school.

Source: U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard (Median earnings of former students who received federal financial aid 10 years after entering the school)

Economic Mobility

Shows what proportion of an institution’s students eventually move up two or more income quintiles.

Source: New York Times Analysis of Mobility Report Cards: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility