How Much is a College Education Worth?

Students’ participation in postsecondary education is becoming increasingly important for both individual success and for the economic future of the nation.

In 2009, wage earners age 18 or over with a high school diploma reported mean annual earnings of only $30,627, compared to $56,665 for those with a bachelor’s degree and $73,738 for those with a master’s degree. (U.S. Census Bureau)