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College Costs Rising Four Times Faster Than Income, Two and a Half Times Faster Than Pell

College Costs Rising Four Times Faster Than Income, Two and a Half Times Faster Than Pell

Over the last three decades, college costs have soared, rising nearly four times faster than median family income and two and a half times faster than the maximum Pell Grant. Learn More »
Unemployment Disproportionately Affects  Minority Racial and Ethnic and Lower-Educated Groups

Unemployment Disproportionately Affects Minority Racial and Ethnic and Lower-Educated Groups

Unemployment Disproportionately Affects Minority Racial and Ethnic and Lower-Educated Groups Learn More »
Unemployment Disproportionately Affects Youth

Unemployment Disproportionately Affects Youth

Unemployment is more likely to impact the youth population and is also more devastating for young men and minorities. Learn More »

Today's Students Must Balance School and Work

43 percent of undergraduate students are employed part-time, and an additional 32 percent work full-time while balancing academics and obligations at home. Learn More »

Integrating Basic Skills Education and Occupational Skills Training

Educational outcomes are higher for basic skills students that are taught in courses that integrate occupational skills training with academic content. Learn More »

Employers Unable to Fill Skilled-Worker Vacancies

61 percent of U.S. employers say it is difficult to find qualified workers to fill vacancies at their companies. Learn More »

Decline in Federal Funding for Employment and Training Programs

Federal funding for employment and training programs has declined by nearly 70 percent since 1979, the peak year of federal investment. Learn More »

Value of the Pell Grant has Eroded Over Time

In 1979, the maximum Federal Pell Grant award covered about three-fourths of the total cost of attending a four-year college. Today, the maximum award covers only about one third of the cost for tuition, fees, room and board. Learn More »

Adult Students More Likely to Persist with Appropriate Supports

Adult students are more likely to persist in college if given counseling and advising support combined with financial aid. Learn More »

Community College Students Working Full- or Part-Time

60 percent of community college students work more than 20 hours per week and over a quarter work more than 35 hours per week. Learn More »
Lifetime Value of a Postsecondary Education

Lifetime Value of a Postsecondary Education

Students with at least some postsecondary education earn about $473,000 more than their less-educated peers over the course of a lifetime. Learn More »

Developmental Education Completion Rates

Only three to four out of ten students who are referred to developmental education actually complete the entire sequence of recommended courses. Learn More »

Half-Time Students and the Pell Grant

14 percent of college students are enrolled less than half-time. However, in 2003-2004, of all Pell Grants received, only 2.1 percent went to students enrolled less than half-time. Learn More »

Impact of Education on Child Poverty

85 percent of children whose parents had less than a high school education and 60 percent of children whose parents had a high school degree but no college lived in poverty, in comparison to 25 percent of children whose parents had some college. Learn More »

Value of High-Demand Certificates

Certificates in high-demand fields, such as health care or engineering, can result in greater earnings than a traditional two-year degree in another field. Learn More »

Postsecondary Education Earnings Gap

Workers who attended some college or earned an Associate's degree earned 26 percent more than high school graduates. Learn More »

Closing the Skilled-Worker Gap

The best-case scenario given current degree attainment rates: by 2020, the U.S. will still fall short of closing the gap in the number of skilled workers between the U.S. and the other best-educated countries in the world by at least one million skilled w Learn More »

Anticipated Shortage of Workers with a Postsecondary Education

By 2018 we will need an additional 22 million new college graduates to fill the demand of the labor market. At current degree attainment rates, we will fall short of that number by at least three million postsecondary degrees and at least 4.7 million post Learn More »

Declining Availability of Jobs for Low-Skilled Workers

By 2018, only 10 percent of jobs will be open to those who fail to complete high school, and only 28 percent will be open to those with only a high school diploma. Learn More »

Growth of Middle-Skill Jobs

Middle-skill jobs, those requiring more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year college degree, are still the majority of jobs available in the U.S. labor market. Learn More »

Benefits to Society of Higher Levels of Education

Higher-educated adults experience higher employment and home ownership rates, higher annual earnings, lower levels of incarceration, and decreased dependence on social support programs. Learn More »

Fiscal Boost to Government by Educating High School Dropouts

By 2020, if 4 million dropouts earn a high school diploma, the net fiscal contributions to the federal government and state and local governments would exceed $25 billion annually. Learn More »

U.S. Increase in Personal Income by Educating Adult Workers

If lower-educated adults were to complete an Associate degree and benefit from the typical average wage gain associated with it, the U.S. would experience an increase in personal income of $848 billion. Learn More »

Tipping Point for Accessing Good Jobs

A Washington state study found that students who completed at least one year of occupational courses in college and earned a credential experienced substantial earnings gains. Learn More »
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