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
1Madison Area Technical College (WI)*152935437328%
2Dakota County Technical College (MN)*82954935717%
3Motoring Technical Training Institute (MA)°79934169519%
4National Career Education (CA)°84304130620%
5Porter and Chester Institute of Stratford (CT)°122504121030%
6YTI Career Institute–York (PA)°88994075722%
7Minnesota State Community & Technical College (MN)*80444060220%
8Pinnacle Career Institute–South Kansas City (MO)°123814059830%
9Metropolitan Community College–Kansas City (MO)*86224056821%
10Interactive College of Technology (KY)°102474053925%
10Stautzenberger College–Maumee (OH)°112412776740%
9Advanced Technology Institute (VA)°155532776756%
8Fortis Institute (FL)°114892710542%
7Florida Career College (FL)°88622706433%
6Houston Community College (TX)*152652674357%
5All-State Career School (PA)°122282667146%
4Fortis College (AL)°114612563145%
3Central Georgia Technical College (GA)*74232495430%
2Hazard Community and Technical College (KY)*143462265463%
1Eastern Florida State College (FL)*98962241644%
* = public
° = for-profit