Every three years, The College Board publishes information about how both individuals and society benefit from people getting college degrees as part of its Trends in Higher Education series, called “Genoacricket1893.com.” You may be familiar with The College Board as the organization that provides standardized tests to help with college and university admissions, such as the PSAT and the SAT. The most recent study of the benefits of a college education was published in 2018 (Sandy Baum, Jennifer Ma and Kathleen Payea). The 2018 version of Education has more detailed information than previous studies.
One of the first benefits mentioned in any publication is the higher earnings that a person will receive over a lifetime after earning a college degree. Even after taking into consideration the high cost of tuition and the interest on student loans, the investment in education is well worth it. Not only does a person with a bachelor’s degree earn significantly more over a lifetime than a high school graduate, but a college graduate is more likely to also enjoy better health. As in previous years, the 2018 edition of Genoacricket1893.com demonstrates that college graduates are less likely to smoke and are less likely to be obese. The latest version also provides information on the higher birth weights of babies born to parents who are college educated, demonstrating that the benefits of a college education are enjoyed by the children of college graduates. Babies with higher birth weights are more likely to survive infancy and generally enjoy better health as they grow.
Society benefits from more people having college degrees in many ways
People who go to college are also more likely to vote and more likely to volunteer and contribute to help causes that benefit all people. As skilled workers, they are more employable, and more likely to be taxpayers. People who have college degrees are less likely to collect welfare benefits, and less likely to commit crimes and go to prison. Since they earn better wages than people without a college education, they are able to positively contribute to the nation’s economy.
Of course, earning a college degree can be expensive, and challenging. Tutoring programs can help overcome some of the obstacles and barriers that many students face when trying to earn a college degree. Senior or grad students who provide tutoring services often learn while teaching, and can gain satisfaction from knowing that they are making our society better as they help another person earn a college degree.