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Is College Worth the Cost?

With student loan debt surpassing our nation’s credit card debt two years ago, the question remains: is college worth the cost? Explore the links below to ask yourself: can a degree from a private school, public school, technical school, community college, or for-profit university guarantee a high return on investment?

The College Payoff

Georgetown University’s Study on Lifetime Earnings for High School v. College Grads

Georgetown University: Center on Education and the Workforce

“Education and earnings interact in complex and often unexpected ways – but there are rules to the game. The College Payoff, a new paper form the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, uses in-depth data analysis to identify, illuminate and elucidate those rules.” – The College Payoff

This 12-page executive summary provides a glimpse of the education and earnings game, and cracks open the rule book for examination.

Read the Report

The Pros & Cons

Curious about the pros and cons of college? Learn more from ProCon.org, a nonpartisan, nonprofit website that presents facts, studies and pro and con statements on questions related to college education and its impact on society.

See the Discussion on ProCon.org

Find the Right College for You

Figuring out which college to attend isn’t easy, but there are steps you can take to find the right one for you. 

Use the College Navigator Tool