How To Make That College Investment Pay Off!

I found myself nodding a lot in this PBS NewsHour article “6 Rules To Make The Best College Decision.”  Ok, I know that these listicles (articles with lists) seem to be a tad overdone, but in this case, I found that we had created lessons around many of their rules.

So, what are the six golden rules?

  • College is a better investment if you graduate on time.
    • Unfortunately, as the article indicates the four-year graduation rates depending on the study you look at is somewhere between 19-36% at public universities.
  • Your major matters. A lot.
    • This NGPF Blog post provides a chart and discussion questions to show how starting salaries and mid-career salaries differ by college major.
  • Consider 2 year associates degree programs and 2+2 options.