For those of you headed to college, you know why you’re going. You are seeking education and opportunity. You must also know you will earn about $22,000 more per year than a person with no college degree.
But, you ought to have more arguments for a college education to share with those who are not planning to get a college degree and to influence the government to provide more financial aid to college students.
Here are some talking points:
- The more educated a person is the more likely s/he will vote.
- High school graduates are more likely to live in poverty than college grads, and, therefore, more likely to depend on public assistance. College grads, then, save society money.
- The higher level of education a person has the more volunteering that person will do to help others in their communities.
- There are fewer smokers among college grads than among high school graduates, saving on health care costs.
- If you are more highly educated you will exercise more and are less likely to become obese, again saving on health care costs.
- College educated parents prepare their own children better for school, and those children will be more successful.
- College graduates are more likely to have employment than high school graduates, which works toward better economic health.
- College graduates have more job satisfaction than high school graduates, bolstering mental health.
- College graduates have better benefits in their jobs than high school grads. They will have better health care insurance and better retirement pay.
Those are a lot of reasons why everyone should be happy you are heading to college. If you want more specific figures and facts, check out Elizabeth Fuller’s article in the Christian Science Monitor’s Daily News Briefing (February, 2011).