Lifetime Value of a Postsecondary Education
The lifetime benefit of a postsecondary degree is significant. Over the course of a lifetime, students who persist in school and complete some college or an Associate's degree can make about $473,000 more than their less educated peers. Those with bachelor's degrees earn $1.6 million more.
Source: Anthony P. Carnevale, Nicole Smith, Jeff Strohl. Help Wanted: Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018, Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, June 2010.