Plan for College

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A college degree can add a lot to your lifetime income

Here's a big reason to go to college: your earning power goes up. In fact, over a lifetime, you could take home about $2.3 million, twice as much as what workers make with just a high school diploma. The graphic below illustrates the earnings premium that a college degree gives you. Have a bachelor's degree? Your pay could be about $24,000 more per year than someone with just a high school diploma. The power to earn grows with each higher level of education. Of course, you aren't guaranteed these salaries. The figures shown are based on a range of reported incomes from people in different professions. To earn what you want to earn, you'll need to consider the career you choose and earn your degree or certificate.

2015 Median U.S. Earnings by Educational Attainment
(for workers age 25 and older)

Earnings by Educational Attainment

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey 2015

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