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New Study Confirms the Value of a College Degree

Value of a College DegreeYou’ve probably read many stories about how college degrees can increase your earning power. Well, here comes another one. The report is titled “The Economic Benefits of Post Secondary Degrees.” It’s from the association of State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO), a 58-year-old group that helps educators set policy at the state and local levels.

The report looks at how much money college graduates earn in all 50 states in seven general subject areas. The subjects are:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Business and Communications
  • Education
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
  • Health
  • Trades

Here’s how the report breaks down annual income as a function of education:

  • Nationwide, American high school graduates earn an average $29,423 per year.
  • Associate degree holders earn an average $38,607 per year.
  • Bachelor’s degree holders earn an average $50,360 per year.
  • Master’s degree holders earn an average $68,064 per year.

Among the seven disciplines studied, graduates in the health care field tended to earn the most while those in the trade category earned the least.

“This study digs beneath the anecdotes to give an in-depth look at the financial returns to graduates by discipline and among the states. The more deeply and completely one examines the evidence, the more compelling the conclusion — higher education is a great investment for both the student and society as a whole, no matter where you live, no matter what you study,” said SHEEO President Paul Ligenfelter.

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Prepare to Earn More with a Degree from Everest University Online

If you’re eager to earn more but can’t afford to leave your job to return to school, consider earning your degree from Everest University Online, a division of Everest University. Everest University Online offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs you can take during the evening, on weekends or whenever our schedule allows. Programs include:

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

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

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice program is not available in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Wyoming. The Homeland Security program (associate and bachelor’s) is not available in Alabama, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The associate degree in Business program is not available in Alabama. The bachelor’s degree in Paralegal program is not available in Arkansas. Arkansas and Minnesota graduates will receive an Associate in Applied Science degree upon successful completion of an approved associate degree program.

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