First Prize

The True Cost of College
Data Journalism

Source: The Hechinger Report

Don’t let the sticker price fool you. This tool shows what students really pay for college, based on their family income. We’ve got trends, too. Search from more than 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States.

Comments from the Judges:

“Outstanding, far-ranging analysis on highly important issue revealed a trend that is disturbing. Lots of strong quotes from experts — my favorite: ‘affirmative action for the rich.’ The Tuition Tracker was concise and clean. This was an effort worthy of any of the best national publications, in a general-circulation regional newspaper, thanks in no small part to collaboration with education-focused groups.”

“Very good data visualization. And excellent story about a very important issue in higher education – the rising cost of college for low income students.”