Megan Phelps, a junior from Southwest Harbor, Maine, traveled to Augusta on Monday, Feb. 10, to testify in support of a bill that would provide online information about colleges and universities. The bill is intended to help families and prospective students make informed decisions about where to attain a higher education.
The “Know Before You Go” bill would ensure that the public is provided information on such data as alumni employment rates, average incomes, monthly debt payments and other outcomes by major.
The proposed bill, sponsored by House Majority Leader Seth Berry of Bowdoinham, is broadly supported by education and business leaders, according to the Maine House Democrats.
Phelps said the measure would provide a significant resource for students. “It will allow Maine students and their families to make informed decisions about their educational investment,” she said in her testimony. “It is information that I wish I’d had access to and will be invaluable to future Maine leaders.”
Phelps also said that while she was at the state house, she got “to meet the Speaker of the House and some other really interesting people,” including lots of Bowdoin alumni.