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
1Cabrillo College (CA)*162697415222%
2Sinclair Community College (OH)*58604161214%
3Spokane Community College (WA)*90353773924%
4Florence-Darlington Technical College (SC)*142903708639%
5Herzing University (MN)185003624751%
6Wake Technical Community College (NC)*139223578839%
7AmeriTech College-Draper (UT)°125403529936%
8Central Oregon Community College (OR)*102063509029%
9Portland Community College (OR)*108473416832%
10NHTI-Concord's Community College (NH)*111323355633%
10Pearl River Community College (MS)*85162020842%
9Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools (OH)*62781977632%
8Vista College (TX)°129071924867%
7Lamar State College–Orange (TX)*67471922335%
6Milan Institute (TX)°75081880140%
5Florida National University–Main (FL)°95251878851%
4Eastern College of Health Vocations (LA)°39681862121%
3Delta College of Arts & Technology (LA)°54001699732%
2South Texas Vocational Technical Institute (TX)°97231588761%
1UEI College (CA)°86001545856%
* = public
° = for-profit