AUGUSTA — Maine has launched a database designed to help students make more informed decisions about higher education.

The database allows users to view the first-year earnings of recent graduates from Maine schools, by major and degree type. They can also see how many graduates from certain programs have jobs.

Only graduates from the Maine’s public universities and community colleges who are working in the state are included.

Maine’s Departments of Labor and Education crafted the database with the help of $1.5 million in federal grants. They matched records of graduates between 2009 and 2011 with wage data gathered from tax reports.

A task force of lawmakers and others will work on securing future funding and marketing the website.

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