BROCKPORT, N.Y. -- State Sen. Rob Ortt spoke Monday at the College at Brockport about the cost of higher education and making sure prospective students know what they're signing up for.

A 2015 report from the Project on Student Debt found that the average debt for a 2014 graduate compared to their counterpart of 10 years ago rose almost 50 percent.

"When you're talking to an 18-year-old, making sure they understand if you're going to go for this degree, this is what the placement rate is, this is what you can expect to earn, this is what you are going to incur in debt," said Ortt, R-North Tonawanda. "You may still decide to go with that because that's what you want to do, but I think you should know that before you do it."

Ortt also said the "Learning for World Program" legislation, which he sponsors, would provide high school seniors on-the-job training in their prospective field and reward mentoring employers with tax credits.