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    Helping Grads Get on their Feet

    College is Worth It Industry News October 6, 2016

    Nearly half of recent college graduates are underemployed (i.e. working in positions that don’t typically require a college degree), according to new research published by the New York Federal Reserve. But that doesn’t mean they’re all baristas — or working in other low-skilled occupations. 44.6% of recent grads are working in positions that don’t require a college degree, […]

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    College Drives Homeownership (Even with Debt)

    College is Worth It Industry News May 26, 2016

    It’s become quite popular to blame student debt for holding back young adults’ abilities to own homes. But the debate on student debt and homeownership tends to err in focusing on the detriments of student debt, rather than the benefits that come with having a college education. Of course, debt being in and of itself burdensome is — […]

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    This Financial Literacy Month, Help Students Help Themselves

    College is Worth It Industry News Students and Families April 21, 2016 - By Jennifer Trauman

    April is financial literacy month, but unfortunately, it looks like financial education is arriving too little too late for millions of student loan borrowers. According to recent figures, of the nearly 22 million Americans with federal student loans, 43% are in default or behind on their student loan payments, representing over $200 billion dollars at […]

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    Why Study English?

    College is Worth It Industry News January 22, 2016

    The past few years have been pretty rough on the English major. About 50,000 students earn bachelor’s degrees in English annually, comprising only about 3% of all college graduates nationwide. This is a sharp decline from 45 years ago, when the share of English majors was closer to 8%. To put it mildly, faculty in English […]

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    Questioning the Barista Myth

    College is Worth It January 18, 2016

    Paying for college can seem daunting considering the seemingly endless stories of college graduates burdened with incredible amounts of student debt. But are these anecdotes really representative of the norm? Economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York don’t think so. Jaison Abel and Richard Dietz – who have researched the topic of higher education for years – found that while […]

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    College is Still Worth It

    College is Worth It Industry News December 17, 2015

    The value of a college degree is well–documented, but new research from Goldman Sachs appears to further fuel the college-value debate. The findings estimate that today’s college graduates, on average, don’t “break even” on the costs of a bachelor’s degree until age 31 – a full year longer than it took the Class of 2010. […]

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    Graduates’ Workplace Advantage

    College is Worth It December 11, 2015

    It comes as little surprise that the Great Recession had a significantly negative impact on employment opportunities. The peak of the downturn’s effect on underemployment occurred in 2010, when about 10% of college graduates were considered “underemployed” (i.e. unemployed, working part-time or not seeking employment), according to a study by Georgetown University’s Center on Education […]

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    Why You Should Go to College, in 2 Charts

    College is Worth It December 10, 2015

    Just how much is college worth? About twice as much as it was in the 1960s, according to the latest Economic Report of the President. One of the topics examined by the annual White House publication was the college wage “premium,” which serves as an indicator of the economic value of a college degree. This […]

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    For Those Without One, College Degrees Are Seen as Important but Too Expensive

    College is Worth It December 9, 2015

    A new survey of adults without a college degree found that the vast majority – 84% – believe that some form of postsecondary education is needed to get a good job. But just 60% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that a college education was worth the cost. When asked to estimate the cost of […]

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    LRAP Can Help: 2015 IHE Survey of Admissions Directors

    College is Worth It December 1, 2015

    According to the 2015 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College and University Admissions Directors, the challenges facing college admissions leaders just keep growing, in contrast to shrinking enrollments. Roughly half (51%) of admissions directors surveyed reported being very concerned about meeting their enrollment goals for the 2015-16 academic year. What’s worse, 58% said they failed […]