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“Not only will it help students, but this kind of information on the costs and benefits of higher education holds institutions more accountable,” says Dr. Carnevale. Read more:

Bachelor’s degree holders earn 31% more than those with an associate’s degree and 84% more than those with just a high school diploma. Learn more about the value of a college degree:

Visit our college return on investment tool to see how your college ranks in returns 10 years and 40 years after enrollment:

Workers with a bachelor’s degree now make 84% more over a lifetime than those with only a high school diploma, up from 75% in 1999. Learn more about the change in the college payoff:

With rising #college tuition prices, it is becoming more difficult to worth through school and pay for the cost of #college. Read how federal work-study gives students a chance to work @usnews

Using data from the expanded College Scorecard, our latest report ranks 4,500 colleges and universities by return on investment. Learn how your #college ranks:

“On average, people with more education and higher attainment make more than people with less education,” says Dr. Carnevale. “But, major and occupation matter just as much as degree level.” Learn more: #CEWemployment

“Everyone is asking, ‘Is college worth it?’ and we set out to try to find an answer,” says Dr. Carnevale. Learn which schools made the top 10 in return on investment: @AbigailJHess

The type of institution makes a difference in students' net economic gain. Learn how public colleges compare to private colleges:

The 10 colleges that pay off the most after 40 years

In this CNBC piece, Abigail Hess discusses measuring the value of a college degree and the different types of post-secondary education options. Hess cites the new CEW report “A First Try at ROI: Ranking 4,500 Colleges” and quotes Dr. Carnevale.


The 10 Colleges That Pay Off the Most after 40 Years

In this CNBC article, Abigail Hess explains how to compare colleges based on net present value, and discusses the findings of CEW report “A First Try at ROI.”


The only thing more expensive than going to college is not going to college.

Anthony P. Carnevale
Director and Research Professor