Wednesday, September 22, 2010

How College Could Help You Stay Healthy

A new study by the CollegeBoard entitled "Education Pays 2010", gives some interesting statistics comparing those who GO to college to those who DO NOT. Here are some of the more intriguing facts from the report, including one that states how college graduates are said to be healthier than non-college graduates...

* Individuals with some college but no degree earned 17% more than high school graduates working full-time year-round. Their median after-tax earnings were 16% higher.

* For young adults between the ages of 20 and 24, the unemployment rate in the fourth quarter of 2009 for high school graduates was 2.6 times as high as that for college graduates.

* Within each age group, college-educated adults are less likely than others to be obese. In addition, children living in house-holds with more educated parents are less likely than other children to be obese.

* In 2008, 8% of high school graduates ages 25 and older lived in households that relied on the Food Stamp Program, compared to just over 1% of those with at least a bachelor’s degree. The pattern was similar for the National School Lunch Program.

* Median earnings of bachelor’s degree recipients working full- time year-round in 2008 were $55,700, $21,900 more than median earnings of high school graduates

Although I believe it was Mark Twain who said that "There are lies, damned lies and statistics", I still think this study shows some of the real benefits in attending college.

~Resources (Download Full CollegeBoard Study Here)