Attending college isn’t solely about economic value, future earnings, or vocational skills. The public often emphasizes these benefits of a college degree, but the benefits to society are just as important. Through volunteer work, leadership, and philanthropic contributions, public/private university graduates enrich the civic and economic life of their communities.
- Over the course of a lifetime, the average bachelor’s degree holder will funnel $278,000 more into local economies than the average wage earner with only a high school diploma. (An associate degree holder contributes $81,000 more.)
- College graduates contribute $44,000 more in local and state taxes that advance civil services, enhance infrastructure, fund public schools, and support the arts.
- College produces community-minded individuals who have a higher rate of civic and philanthropic engagement.
- Graduates are more than twice as likely to volunteer in their communities.
- Charitable contributions of bachelor’s degree holders are 3.5 times higher than high school grads.
- College graduates are nearly five times less likely to be imprisoned.
- First-Gen graduates believe their children will be able to go to college.
- Graduate degree earners spend more than twice as much on local goods and services.
- Compared to high school graduates, bachelor’s degree holders receive $82,000 less in government spending and pay $273,000 more in taxes over a lifetime which equates to a net government benefit of $355,000.
- 75% of American college graduates vote, compared to 52% of those with a high school degree.