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.
- In this NGPF Activity, students estimate the value of a college education and compare it to other educational outcomes (e.g., some college, high school degree)
- 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.
- Keep track of your finances (particularly your debt levels).
- NGPF has an activity to help students estimate student debt levels (using a tool developed by the NY Times)