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University Of Texas System Unveils Salary And Debt Tracker Website

How much money will you earn with a degree from the University of Texas system? How much debt after graduation will you rack up? UT System officials have unveiled a new website they say is the first of its kind to give salary and debt information of its students one to five years after graduation.

The idea for the site, seekUT, grew out of recommendations from the Student Debt Reduction Task Force, which has been looking at ways to address the growing student debt problem.

The website pulls data from the Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, National Student Clearinghouse and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The information is from students who graduated from 2007 to 2011 who worked full time in Texas one to five years after getting their bachelor’s degree.

Among the data current and prospective students can pull up:

  • Median earnings for graduates

  • Average student loan debt

  • Percent of graduates who continue their education

  • Numbers of semester credit hours required to earn a bachelor’s degree.

For those trying to access the information on an iPad or other kind of tablet, the site has a link to download an app.

Stella M. Chávez is KERA’s immigration/demographics reporter/blogger. Her journalism roots run deep: She spent a decade and a half in newspapers – including seven years at The Dallas Morning News, where she covered education and won the Livingston Award for National Reporting, which is given annually to the best journalists across the country under age 35.