Benefits Of A Higher Education Essay

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Recently, my sister graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. She spent two years in order to become a certified dental hygienist. Beforehand she was an unemployed, stay at home mom. Now, she has a five day a week job and a dual income household. But then question I had for her was, was it worth it? Was it worth the lost time and money spent? Receiving a higher education can have a huge impact on a persons’ life. Do the benefits outweigh the costs? There are many benefits to a higher education including, increased wages, increased job opportunities, and personal satisfaction. However, with increasing tuition, student debt, and steadily increasing college student dropout rates, it can be hard to decide if a college degree is worth it. When a college degree is earned, it is often accompanied by an increase in potential salary earned compared to that of a high school graduate. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, “in 2012 the median of earnings for young adults with a bachelor 's degree was $46,900, while the median was $22,900 for those without a high school credential and $30,000 for those with a high school credential. In other words, young adults with a bachelor 's degree earned more than twice as much as those without a high school credential (105 percent more) and 57 percent more than young adult high school completers” (NCES 1). Though there may be immediate monetary gratification for those entering the…

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