The Value of Education

Take on the BIG THREE  -  Questions and answers around WHY COLLEGE?

The word "college" refers to any education beyond high school that prepares you for what YOU want and need in life (4 yr. bachelor's degree, an associate's, technical training, and certificate programs all involve gaining a greater level of education).  Personal success is defined by the individual.  "It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed." -Mark Twain


1). Past generations did fine without college, why do I need it now?

From 1973 to 2018, jobs in the US flipped from 72% of jobs being attainable with a high school diploma or less.  The trend now for 2018 and beyond is less than 38% of jobs will be secured with that same high school education.  This means 63% of jobs require at minimum "some college" or more. 

Full report from Georgetown University about the data


2). Do I have to go for 4 years or more (advanced degree) to have a "good job" and livable wage?

The more education you get, the more money you make.   Research shows this is true in most cases.  Important to recognize,, is with an associate's degree (typically earned in 2 years), people place themselves under the national average for unemployment rates.   This means they are more likely to be both employed and earning a liveable wage after two years of education beyond high school.   It is not too early (or too late) to plan for the best educational fit in order to ensure employment in a field you seek. 

Chart is from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics


3). Does an education really pay off ?  Is it worth taking out loans?

YES!   A college education is well worth the investment of time, money, and resources, and once post-secondary (after high school) education is achieved,  no one can ever take it away from you. Do you know that a college graduate earns on average a million dollars more than a person with a high school diploma?  Add to this that our world is ever changing, which means higher education is needed for jobs that don't even exist yet.    MIND BLOWING!

A college education can be expensive, but there are multiple ways to pay for college in today's world from "free" money to loans in the tune of well over $150 billion annually.  There is aid at all levels which range from institutional, local, national, federal, state, corporate and more, it's a matter of securing a plan for how to make the most of your opportunities. 


TRIO Pre-College Programs staff are here to assist and advocate for students and families. 

New York Time article referencing this material