Here are a few websites to help you in your search:
1. "See Your Kids in College"
The purpose of this site is to give parents, teachers, and coaches an easy, convenient, and effective method to turn their kids on to the idea of striving to get a college education.
We parents, teachers, and coaches frequently make the mistake of encouraging kids to seek a college education the same way we encourage them to eat their broccoli. Essentially, we say, "Get a college education because it's good for you." But in saying that, we ignore the twin facts that college may sound like work, but it looks like fun.
In my "See Your Kids in College" website, I encourage adults to take their kids, students, and athletes on tours of college campuses starting as early as the first year of middle school. This lets real college students model the success we want our students to first desire and to then achieve, and this method works like you can't believe.
Certain college majors offer significant employment opportunities with excellent earnings, while some college majors can be lumped together into what I call "pre-barista" majors. Here is a short earnings comparison:
3. Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors
Just because a college has overall accreditation doesn't mean that all the programs it offers are accredited. Many specialized college programs require special accreditation. A good video on the topic can be seen here:
If you click on the subject area, you will be given more complete description of the organization with a link to its website. Then click on whatever that organization calls its list of accredited college programs.
4. Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
A very important site for information on engineering, computer science, and applied technology programs is:
In the small-print menu band near the top of the page, click on "Find and ABET-Accredited Program", and follow the instructions. You will probably need to learn some new terms. For instance, there is a big difference between "Electrical Engineering" programs and "Electrical Engineering Technology" programs.
5. Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Remember that Net Price Calculator programs provide preliminary estimates of the actual financial aid award that students and families should expect at each college. If the student decides to apply to that college, it will almost certainly require the family to complete the U.S. government's Free Application for Federal Student Aid, called the FAFSA, as part of its financial aid application. The procedure is complete and formal with results logged to the individual student by identifying data with data linked to the IRS. The only byproduct of the FAFSA is the so-called Expected Family Contribution or EFC. Here's the link:
More and more colleges have simplified NPC programs for students and parents who know their Expected Family Contribution. An easy, informal, and anonymous method for getting a quick and accurate estimate of your EFC before you fill out the actual FAFSA can be found on the College Board's Big Future site. Here's the link:
EFC Estimators are provided within many college NPC programs which are even easier than the College Board's estimator, but their accuracy varies a lot. I have found that the stand-alone NPC estimator provided by the University of Washington is very accurate, really easy to use, and there's a hyperlink to it on this page:
We live in a western state that is a member of this organization. Essentially, if another state has a member program at a one of its state colleges, a limited number of out-of-state students can enroll in that program and pay just 150% of in-state tuition, usually a significant savings over out-of-state tuition. Here's their homepage: