A New Federal Web Site Aims to Let Students Shop for College

The Education Department has unveiled a new Web site that lets students and parents comb through data on thousands of colleges so they can comparison-shop when choosing where to enroll.

College Opportunities On-Line, which the department calls COOL, contains information from thousands of public and private two- and four-year colleges and universities and career schools (http://nces.ed.gov/IPEDS/cool/).

Included on the site are information on the cost of tuition, books and