What do graduates earn?

College-shopping students and parents should know the likely return on their investment, writes Education Sector’s Kevin Carey. We could use Social Security data to report what different colleges’ graduates earn.

Also on Community College Spotlight: Taxpayers spend billions of dollars on Pell Grants for low-income students, but the Education Department doesn’t track graduation rates for Pell recipients.

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  1. Richard Aubrey says:

    Let’s say you choose to spend $200k on college. Or you don’t, and you find $200k someplace. Put it away at 5%. Doubles roughly every fourteen years. By the time you’re in your mid-sixties, it’s just about a mill and a half. Meantime, you earned…something based on your non-college skills, energy, initiative, and luck. Which means a lot or not much or in between, same as if you graduated college, although for the latter case you probably start out higher.
    So, does your college commencement speaker guarantee you will earn a mill and a half extra because of your late-adolescence academic seat time?
    Insert the number of your choice for college,remembering to include money not earned on account of not being full-time employed.