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A College Degree is Still a Great Investment, Study Says

College CostsCollege costs have skyrocketed over the past three decades, but the benefits of having a bachelor’s degree more than make up the difference, according to a new report from the Hamilton Project, part of the Washington-based Brookings Institution.

Released in early October, the Hamilton Project report titled “Regardless of the Cost, College Still Matters” reported the following:

• Nationwide, college tuition has increased by almost 50 percent in the last 20 years.

• Rising tuition costs have been more than offset by the increased earnings premium for college graduates.

• In the 1980s, recent college graduates earned about $4,000 more per year than peers with just a high school diploma. Over 30 years, that figure has climbed to about $12,000 per year. (All figures adjusted for inflation.)

• Today, a college graduate is almost 20 percent more likely to be employed than someone who just has a high school diploma. This is largest “employment gap” between college and high school graduates in the nation’s history.

• In 1980, having a bachelor’s degree would likely earn you an additional $260,000 over your working lifetime. For someone who started college in 2010, the bachelor’s degree lifetime bonus is estimated to be $450,000.

The report’s authors sum up their conclusions this way: “The cost of college is growing, but the benefits of college — and, by extension, the cost of not going to college — are growing even faster.”

Earn Your Bachelor’s Degree from Everest University Online

If you’d like to earn a bachelor’s degree but are already working or have family obligations that keep you at home, consider the benefits of Everest University Online, a division of Everest University. Everest University Online offers you the freedom and flexibility to take classes during the evening, on weekends or whenever else your schedule allows. Classes are small, so you can get to know your fellow students and develop close working relationships with your instructors.

Many classes involve hands-on group projects. The focus is on real-world situations, scenarios and challenges. And when you graduate, you can take advantage of Everest’s Career Services professionals, who can help you leverage your new degree into a more promising career.
Currently Everest University Online offers bachelor’s degree programs in:

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Applied Management
  • Computer Information Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Homeland Security
  • Paralegal

For more information on how you can earn your online bachelor’s degree at your own pace and on your own schedule, contact Everest University Online today.
Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

The bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security is not available in Alabama, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Science is not available in Arkansas. The bachelor’s degree in Paralegal is not available in Arkansas.

Source: The Hamilton Project:

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