Half of college graduates — 38 percent of recent graduates — strongly believe their college education was worth the cost, according to the Gallup-Purdue Index.
Alumni of for-profit colleges were the most dissatisfied: Only 26 percent strongly agreed their postsecondary education was worth the cost.
Earnings of former for-profit college enrollees (not necessarily graduates) show wide variability, notes Clive Belfield’s analysis of College Scoreboard data. Top for-profit students earn more than the average four-year student, but low-percentile students earn much less.
The boxes show the middle 50 percent of colleges; the “whiskers” show the 10th and 90th percentiles.
There’s less variability for students who enrolled in community colleges, he writes. “Median earnings at community colleges are significantly below those of four-year colleges, but the top 25 percent of community colleges have median earnings that exceed the average four-year public college.”