Question of the Day: How much more per week does a college grad earn compared to someone with some college?
The benefit of finishing a college degree can greatly outweigh the cost.
Answer: About $435 per week MORE (or over $22,000 per year)
- Why do you think college grads earn so much more than those who start but don't complete a degree?
- Do you think wages gaps based on educational attainment will increase or decrease in the future?
- What are some ways a worker can increase their income without increasing the educational attainment listed on this chart?
- Your friend says that spending $20,000/year to go to college isn't worth it when you can get a job now that pays $25,000. Do you agree or disagree? Use data from the chart to support your answer.
Behind the numbers (Bureau of Labor Statistics):
"These education categories reflect only the highest level of educational attainment. They do not take into account completion of training programs in the form of apprenticeships and other on-the-job training, which may also influence earnings and unemployment rates."
Want to support students who are pursuing an alternative to 4-year college? Learn more about apprenticeships, trade schools, and more in the Alt to 4 year Mini-Unit!
Or check out another favorite in our Paying for College unit: ANALYZE: College and Career Choices (Sp)