DENVER—Today, the House of Representatives passed legislation that seeks to clarify the costs associated with higher education in Colorado. House Bill 18-1226, sponsored by Representative Justin Everett (R-Littleton), requires the Colorado Commission on Higher Education to analyze and report the program costs and student outcomes for undergraduate degree programs offered by the University of Colorado and Colorado State University.

“This bill helps students and parents navigate the increasing costs of higher education, which ultimately will help minimize student debt,” said Everett.

In addition to the cost analysis, the bill requires the Colorado Commission on Higher Education to evaluate the average time to complete the degree programs, to evaluate employment and earnings outcomes for graduates, and identify the highest-cost degree programs and the lowest-performing degree programs with respect to graduate employment and earnings.

Two years after the date of the first report, the commission shall complete similar analyses for the other 4-year state institutions in Colorado that were not included in the first report, and every two years thereafter for all 4-year state institutions.

House Bill 18-1226, which passed 63-2, now heads to the Senate for further consideration in the final two days of session.