One- and Two-Year Credentials Can Offer Self-Sufficiency for Low-Income Americans
Eight years after graduating from high school, 43 percent of occupational certificate holders earn a median annual salary that is higher than that earned by someone holding an associates degree. Twenty-seven percent earn more than someone holding a bachelors degree.
New evidence indicates that one- and two-year credentials offer a path to economic prosperity for many low-income Americans, even more so than a four-year student who fails to graduate. Furthermore, those with a certificate or two-year degree in specific industries have the potential to earn more than a student with a traditional four-year degree. For more information, see: Graduated Success: Sustainable Economic Opportunity Through One- and Two-Year Credentials.