LendEDU just released the results of their 2017 College Risk-Reward Indicator (CRRI) study. They defined risk as the average student loan debt per graduate. They defined reward as the average early career pay, or the median salary for alumni with 0-5 years of experience.
The key to being financially prosperous as a young college graduate is having low student loan debt and a high early career pay. On the other hand, having high debt and low pay is a recipe for financial hardship and stress.
In their analysis they compared the CRRI of 752 public and private colleges in the United States. They even created a sortable table that you can use to filter the results by location and school type.
Happy Financial Aid Awareness Month!