Is college worth it?
In 2010, in the middle of the Great Recession,
when many college grads were selling shoes or delivering pizza,
some people asked:
Is College Worth It?
The answer is
Consider these differences:
Median earnings 2008*
H.S. graduate: $33,800
4-year degree: $55,700
*Median earnings means that half of each group earned more than this amount, half earned less. Source: College Board
Unemployment rate in 2009, people 25 and over
H.S. graduate: 9.7 percent
4-year college degree: 4.6 percent
to make college pay, you must be smart about:
- High school preparation
- College choices
In this special collection of articles and essays, ThreeSixty Journalism gives teens important facts, stories and tips to help you navigate through the important choices ahead.