College Education Is All This Really Worth It?

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“In 1971, after seven years in college, with that magic piece of paper clutched triumphantly in my fist, the best job I was able to get was night watchman on a sewer project in Babylon, N.Y. guarding a hole in the ground to prevent anyone from stealing it. God bless the American educational system!” ― Spider Robinson (GoodReads.com). While many are excited about starting college and beginning a new chapter in their lives, too often the college freshman wonders “Is all this really worth it?”. Is a college education worth the money spent on tuition and the time used to acquire it? After the prize is won, college degree, often parents wonder if the quarter of a million spent on said education would have been more useful spent elsewhere – especially when their college graduate now works a minimum wage job at the local fast food joint or like Mr. Robinson – working security. Pew Research Center conducted a survey a few years ago, this survey reported that the majority of Americans said a college education was not “worth it” as it did not “provide students with good value for the money they and their families spend,” and in the recent household survey by the Federal Reserve Board, where 37 percent of respondents said that the net financial benefit of their education was negative (Weiner). If college is not worth going, then why go? Taking into consideration a statement given by President Obama, “Higher education is not a luxury. Earning a post-secondary degree or credential…

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