“Is college right for me?”
It’s a question that anyone who's ever attended college has had to ask—and
Whether you’re a recent high school graduate or you’re 35 years old and
looking for ways to elevate your career to the next level, it’s a
life-changing decision—and a big commitment. For many would-be students,
the thought of the time, money and energy required to earn a college degree
can be overwhelming—and sometimes even hard to justify.
So is that degree really worth all that’s required to earn it? Here are
three factors that suggest the answer is “yes”:
1: You’ll earn more money over the course of your career.
The income gap between high school and college graduates has widened. A
published by the Federal Reserve Board of San Francisco shows that a
college graduate can expect to earn $830,000 more over the course of his or
her career than someone earning a high school diploma. The report
concludes: “Although there are stories of people who skipped college and
achieved financial success, for most Americans the path to higher future
earnings involves a four-year degree. We show that the value of a college
degree remains high, and that the average college graduate can recover the
cost of attending in less than 20 years.”
2: Research shows that there are many benefits of college reaped beyond
It’s Not Just the Money: The Benefits of College Education to
Individuals and Society
, authored by Philip Trostel, a professor at The University of Maine School
of Economics, Americans with a bachelor’s degree enjoy numerous benefits
and advantages in comparison to high school graduates who have never
attended college, including:
Life expectancy (at age 25) is seven years longer for those having at
least some college.
Their likelihood of having health insurance through employment is 47
- Their probability of being married is 21 percent higher—and their
probability of being divorced or separated is 61 percent lower.
Their incidence of poverty is 3.5 times lower.
Their probability of being in prison or jail is 4.9 times lower.
Trostel’s paper, published by the Lumina Foundation, an independent,
private foundation committed to making opportunities for learning beyond
high school available to all, also notes that the likelihood of college
graduates reporting their health to be very good or excellent is 44 percent
3: Having a college degree can help to make it easier to land a good
job—even when that position doesn’t necessarily require a degree.
As the job market becomes increasingly competitive, “College Degree
Preferred” increasingly means “College Degree Required”. Many college
graduates are applying for—and getting—jobs that don’t require a degree. An
employer who receives dozens of applications is likely to create
unofficial, unspoken filters before sifting through applications. If 50
applicants have college degrees and 50 others don’t, which stack do you
think is going to be reviewed more seriously?
Many schools, including Argosy University, offer online programs or
blended programs in which students take some classes on campus and others online. If
you’ve thought through the reasons to attend college and decide it’s time
to begin, be sure to connect quickly with a student advisor at the school
you choose. He or she can guide you through the enrollment process, provide
valuable advice, and help you stack the odds of success in your favor.
Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by
school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to
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