The Importance of Finishing College
Going back to college or taking the first step to start can be a daunting task, but a college education is another step towards the goals you have in mind. Here are a few reasons how:
- College graduates may earn $1 million more than high school graduates in their lifetime.
- Four-year degree and two-year degree holders earn an average of $21,000 and $9,400 more, respectively, each year than high school graduates.
- In 2010, full-time employees with only a high school diploma earned an average of $626 a week. Persons with bachelor's degrees made nearly twice as much.
- College graduates had an unemployment rate of 4.1 percent in 2012 compared to 11.2 percent for high school graduate.
- Forty-seven percent of adults born in poverty who did not obtain a 4 year degree remained in poverty.
- College graduates are more likely than high school graduates to obtain retirement benefits, tuition reimbursement and health savings accounts from employers.
- People with a higher level of education are more satisfied in their jobs that people who only have a high school diploma.
Source: Pew Research Center: The College
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