Is College Really Worth the Cost?

Levi Thiele, Research Director
February 11, 2014

The soaring cost of college tuition may cause some to question the value of a college degree. In a recent study by the Pew Research Center, college graduates outperformed their peers with less education in virtually every measure of economic well-being and career attainment. A few of the key findings of the study include:

● College degrees are worth more today than ever before. The gap in earnings between those with college degrees and those without is wider for Millennials than for any previous generation.
● Millennials with college degrees have lower unemployment and poverty rates than less-educated peers.
● College graduates are more satisfied with their jobs.
● College graduates say college is worth the investment, despite the soaring costs of college tuition.


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