The Washington Monthly is the first and only publication to rank America’s best colleges for vocational certificates. To build the rankings, we pulled numbers for the ten most common undergraduate certificate programs from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard dataset. For each program, we rank colleges according to the median earnings of their students one year after graduation. For informational purposes, we also show the median federal student loan debt and a debt-to-earnings ratio.

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RankNameMedian debt of graduatesMedian annual earningsTotal debt as a % of annual earnings
1Lia Schorr Institute of Cosmetic Skin Care Training (NY)°59503682316%
2University of Aesthetics & Cosmetology (IL)°72163196223%
3Aveda Arts & Sciences Institute Seattle (WA)°103483063334%
4San Francisco Institute of Esthetics & Cosmetology (CA)°103882744838%
5Saint Paul College (MN)*92892719334%
6La James International College–Iowa City (IA)°129032711148%
7O'Briens Aveda Institute (VT)°95112705135%
8Atelier Esthetique Institute of Esthetics (NY)°51472653219%
9Chippewa Valley Technical College (WI)*86292599633%
10Aveda Arts and Sciences Institute Minneapolis (MN)°82872585732%
10New Tyler Barber College (AR)°92421117983%
9California Beauty College (CA)°73971115466%
8Professional Cosmetology Education Center (AR)°1156511093104%
7Sharps Academy of Hair Styling (MI)°64111094059%
6Pearl River Community College (MS)*53981088850%
5Washington Barber College Inc (AR)°1517310805140%
4Southeast Texas Career Institute (TX)°80121079974%
3Trend Barber College (TX)°1136910529108%
2Career Beauty College (TN)°103419868105%
1Associated Barber College of San Diego (CA)°126729036140%
* = public
° = for-profit