Why go to college?

Good question. And there isn't just one "right" answer. But there are several good reasons why you should at least consider going to college.

The reason most people, especially adults, mention first is money. The fact is, college graduates make more money than high school graduates – on average about $55,000 per year compared to $30,000. Over a lifetime, that adds up to more than $1 million.

But, as they say, money isn't everything.

College graduates also have more professional options. Jobs such as computer support specialist, paralegal and registered nurse require at least a two-year associate's degree. Opportunities ranging from accounting to journalism to wildlife management require, at minimum, a four-year bachelor's degree. And careers in fields such as law, medicine and science will demand a graduate or professional degree.

But it's worth the effort. Because, in addition to making more money in a wider variety of careers, college graduates enjoy:

  • Better health
  • Greater savings
  • Better consumer decision making
  • More hobbies and leisure activities
  • Greater community involvement
  • More volunteer activities

In other words, for most people, graduating from college means a better quality of life. And no one can put a price tag on that.