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Study Highlights Financial Value of Completing an Associate's Degree

According to an Education Week study, over the course of their careers, the median earnings for those with associate's degrees are about $259,000 more than for high school graduates, according to findings released today from Nexus Research and Policy Center, an independent research organization, and the American Institutes for Research. Researchers analyzed the graduation and income data for students attending 579 two-year institutions, covering more than 80 percent of the country's community colleges.

Education Pays

earnings chart

Note: Data are for persons age 25 and over. Earnings are for full-time wage and salary workers.
Source: Current Population Survey, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor