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Why college?

College is an experience that can change your life. You gain the independence and the skills you need to establish a good-paying career. With a college education, you have more choices and opportunities to do what you want to do.


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The more you learn, the more you can earn.

Your actual income will depend on your choice of career, where you live and other factors, but in general, a college degree can increase how much money you can make in your lifetime. Your guidance counselor can help you find out how much you can make in careers you may be considering.

Get more out of life.

College graduates typically make more money, have better access to health care, are more involved in their community, enjoy more leisure activities and provide a better quality of life for their children.

Average Yearly Earnings*

High school graduate: $39,937

Associate degree: $49,835

Bachelor's degree: $68,812

*Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, 2010 Annual Social and Economic Supplement. Figures reflect average annual earnings of adults 25 and older.