Economic Benefits

Higher education provides financial and non-financial benefits to you and to society in general. The average earnings of individuals are closely related to their educational attainment. Specifically, if you have a bachelor’s degree, you will earn substantially more than those with some college education. If you have a postgraduate degree, your boost in earnings will be nearly as large as those with a bachelor’s degree.

Financial, Economic and Professional Benefits

  • Every bit of education you get after high school increases the chances you’ll earn good pay. Most college graduates earn a lot more money during their working years than people who stop their education at high school.
  • The more education you get, the more likely it is you will always have a job. According to one estimate, by the year 2028, there will be 19 million more jobs for educated workers than there are qualified people to fill them.
  • Continuing education after high school is much more important for your generation than it was for your parents’ generation. Today, most good jobs require more than a high school diploma. Businesses want to hire people who know how to think critically and solve problems.
  • A college education secures our nation’s future. Statistics reveal that most leaders are college graduates.
  • College can help you qualify in fields you are interested in. So, if you are an innovator, inventor, healer or artist, you can train in that specific field.
  • Labor force participation rates and employment rates for people age 25 and over increase with increased levels of education.
  • About 90 percent of adult learners returning to school do so for career reasons. Higher education can lead to job satisfaction, better paying jobs, career advancement and opportunity.
  • Some adults recognize the importance of computer and other technological advances, and want to keep up with current trends.