Benefits to Society of Higher Levels of Education

Adults with more education generate more favorable fiscal results for government at all levels because of their higher rates of employment and annual earnings, higher home ownership rates, lower rates of incarceration, and increased independence from social support programs.

Sources: National Commission on Adult Literacy. The Fiscal Consequences of Adult Educational Attainment, December 2007.

Sandy Baum, Jennifer Ma, Kathleen Payea. Education Pays 2010: The Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society, College Board, October 2010.

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