How Higher Education Pays Off
College can help you earn more money over your lifetime. On average, incomes increase with every additional degree earned. You are also less likely to become unemployed.
More Education Pays Off in Higher Earnings
A survey from 2015 shows that median earnings grow from $493 to $678 per week just by earning a high school diploma. Getting a bachelor's degree increases median earnings to $1,137 per week.
|Level of education||Median weekly earnings in 2015||Unemployment rate in 2015|
|Less than a high school diploma||$493||8.0%|
|High school diploma||$678||5.4%|
|Some college, no degree||$738||5.0%|
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
In Minnesota, about 69 percent of Minnesota high school graduates attend college the fall after graduation. View college participation rates for more details.
Tool to Weigh the Benefits and Costs
See how your degree or credentials match employer demand. The Graduate Employment Outcomes Data Tool from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) shows the number of recent graduates from Minnesota schools who found jobs after graduation. It also shows median wages earned and the top industries graduates worked in. To learn more about the data tool read Minnesota's Graduate Employment Outcomes.
There are many benefits to having an advanced degree. You may have better employee benefits and working conditions and be less likely to be laid off. You also learn skills employers want:
- critical thinking
- time management
- computer literacy
College isn't free. One way to reduce the cost is to attend a community college or short-term training program. But don't rule out a school simply because of cost. Few students pay the full tuition price. Most students qualify for some type of financial aid.
Keep in mind that education is an investment in your future. Visit Minnesota Office of Higher Education for resources on college and financial aid.