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What would you do if you knew what kind of financial returns you’d get on your investment in college? Dr. Carnevale tells the story you won’t hear on a college tour:

Although many students need to work to help pay their tuition and living expenses, doing so can hurt their academic performance and chances of degree completion. Read more:

Not only are more Latinos going to college, but more are completing their degrees. Between 1980 and 2015, Latinos’ bachelor’s degree attainment rate nearly doubled. Read more from Dr. Carnevale:

While college graduates earn 84% more on average than those with just a high school diploma, breaking down earnings by field of study sheds light on some striking differences in pay. Read more from @CNBC:

When it comes to colleges purchasing students’ names from the College Board, “the students are being treated as a commodity,” Dr. Carnevale says. Read more: @thecrimson

The cost of college has risen 19X faster than average family incomes since 1980. If students are spending more and more to go to college, they need answers to basic questions about its financial value. Read more:

“Everyone is asking, ‘Is college worth it?’ and we set out to try to find an answer,” said Dr. Carnevale. Learn more about getting a return on your college investment: @CNBC

Which colleges are in the top 20 when it comes to financial return on investment? There are a few you might not expect. Learn more: @VOANews

High school diplomas and learning on the job are not enough to be competitive in the job market. But with the rising costs of college, some people are left with no alternative. Learn more: @insidehighered

25% of working learners are employed full time and enrolled in college full time, which likely means they’re burning the candle at both ends. How does this affect their graduation and career prospects? Dr. Carnevale explains:

The Top 10 College Majors American Students Regret the Most

In this CNBC article, Jessica Dickler explores the economic value of different college majors. Dickler cites CEW report “The College Payoff.”


Rankings Compare College Costs to Future Income

In this VOA article, the VOA Student Union discusses the findings of the new 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