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Biden’s plan to make public college free for many students is expected to face pushback from private colleges. “If you’re a private college, and you’re not elite, you’re in trouble,” Dr. Carnevale said. Read: @timeshighered

14% of higher-income working learners are employed in professional fields, such as STEM, business, or healthcare, compared to 6% of low-income working learners.

Low-income working learners are disproportionately Black and Latino, women, and first-generation college-goers, while higher-income working learners tend to be White.

Low-income students tend to be more risk-averse in taking out loans, even when those loans have the potential to put them in a better economic position and free up time to study and complete their college education.

With a student debt burden of almost $1.5T, young people in the US don’t achieve financial independence until many years after graduating from college.

Students from higher-income families tend to have access to jobs that relate to their field of study, which helps them prepare for future employment.

“Education leaders should focus on building stronger connections between education and work beginning in the K–12 years,” CEW’s Nicole Smith says. “Work experience provides the most value when it is connected to students’ long-term career goals.”

Higher-income students have access to more lucrative jobs related to their field of study, while lower-income working learners are more likely to work in food service, sales, and administrative support jobs.

Low-income college students often work longer hours, and 25% work full time. As a result, they are less likely than their higher-income peers to get good grades and complete a credential.

More than 70% of students work while enrolled in #highered. When work takes up fewer than 15 hours per week and relates to students’ career interests, it can complement what they learn in the classroom and benefit their career in the long run.

Bailouts Might Not Be Popular, But There Is No Plan B for a Pandemic

Martha C. White writes for NBC News about the federal government’s response to the economic fallout from coronavirus and quotes CEW Director of Research Jeff Strohl.


MBA Class of 2020 Faces Tough Summer or Worse as Recession Looms

Janet Lorin writes for Bloomberg about the uncertain job market that this year’s MBA graduates face. Lorin quotes CEW Director Anthony P. Carnevale on alternatives to seeking a job that recent graduates could consider.


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

Anthony P. Carnevale
Director and Research Professor