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
1Wichita State University–Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology (KS)*127635571123%
2Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PA)145115152228%
3Aviation Institute of Maintenance–Fremont (CA)°209745039642%
4Fox Valley Technical College (WI)*83654980117%
5Greenville Technical College (SC)*113274632324%
6Mohawk Valley Community College (NY)*75344616016%
7National Aviation Academy of New England (MA)°179694482440%
8Metro Technology Centers (OK)*134434453130%
9National Aviation Academy of Tampa Bay (FL)°200524413245%
10Chandler-Gilbert Community College (AZ)*104884376224%
10Arkansas State University–Beebe (AR)*60692534324%
9National Park College (AR)*114762423647%
8Apex Technical School (NY)°80732405234%
7Grand Rapids Community College (MI)*58722372725%
6Philadelphia Technician Training Institute (PA)92372283340%
5Daytona State College (FL)*70852147233%
4Albany Technical College (GA)*151202086072%
3GateWay Community College (AZ)*39242068919%
2Lorain County Joint Vocational School District (OH)*30262055815%
1Mobile Technical Training (NJ)°30661946916%
* = public
° = for-profit