Higher education costs a significant amount of money, it takes time, and it is a lot of work. So why go to the trouble? Is it worth all it takes to achieve a higher level of education?
Study after study shows that the resounding answer is “yes!” Higher education is worth the money, the time, and the effort. And here are some of the benefits that surface in just about every study:
A college education leads to a better quality of life.
In a recent study by the Institute for Higher Education, college graduates, when compared with individuals without a college education, were shown to have a larger number of hobbies; higher amounts of savings; greater professional mobility; and the ability to make better decisions as consumers.1
In addition, college graduates tend to be good citizens. They are more likely than those with high school education to vote; volunteer for community service; engage in educational activities with their children; donate blood; and be open to listening to the ideas of others.2
It seems that college education can have a positive effect on health.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, achieving a higher level of education is associated with better health. For example, in a 2005 study of individuals between the ages of 45 and 54, 76 percent of those with a bachelor’s degree or higher reported being in excellent or very good health, while only 55 percent of those with only a high school education reported that their health was either excellent or very good.3
Income levels and college education often go hand-in-hand.
Christian University GlobalNet (CUGN) can’t promise a bigger paycheck for its students, but, statistically, higher levels of education result in higher earnings.
In fact, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that average lifetime earnings were 75 percent higher for those with a bachelor’s degree ($2.1 million) than for those with only a high school diploma ($1.2 million).4
College grads are offered more job opportunities and more employment benefits than those offered to individuals without college training.
The unemployment rate for college graduates with bachelor’s degrees is approximately half the jobless rate for workers with no college experience. College graduates tend to have a broader and better selection of job opportunities than high school graduates, giving them more options and opportunities over their working lives.5
Individuals with college degrees are more likely to receive employer-provided health insurance and pension benefits compared to those with only a high school education.6
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- Educationbug www.education.org
- The College Board Advocacy & Policy Center at www.trends.collegeboard.org/education_pays and United Student Aid Funds, Inc. at www.usafunds.org (last accessed July 27, 2012)
- www.highereducation.com, homepage (last accessed July 27, 2012)
- www.usafunds.org, op. cit. (last accessed July 27, 2012)
- www.highereducation.com, op cit.