Why Does Education Matter?

Do you doubt that you will be able to go to or succeed in college?

Before you decide that postsecondary education is not in your future, think about these facts.

FACT: Postsecondary education improves your mind, your world view, your social skills, and more. Participating in an apprenticeship program or graduating from college can make you a better person.

FACT: The best paying, “good quality” jobs require some type of postsecondary credential, like a college degree, skills certification or apprenticeship.
(Good quality jobs offer a livable wage, health and other benefits, shifts and hours that fit your schedule, and have job security.)

FACT: Postsecondary education costs money. But you don’t have to pay for all of it.

FACT: You probably underestimate the number of scholarships, grants and other financial aid that you qualify for and do not have to pay. You probably can pay for college WITHOUT loan debt.

FACT: Earning any type of college degree or other postsecondary credential gives you more career options and improves your life-long earning potential.

chart showing unemployment rates and earings bty educational attainment in 2017

Check out the data. This chart for the U.S. Department of Labor shows how people with more education are:

  1.  less likely to be unemployed. People with degrees qualify for more jobs than those with only a high school diploma; and
  2. more likely to earn higher wages than those with less education.

This chart shows that graduating from higher education programs opens more doors for workers in all industries. Postsecondary education is an important part of building a financially stable, fulfilling life for your and your family.

Listen to the Experts:

“No matter what you want to do with your life — I guarantee that you’ll need an education to do it. You want to be a doctor, or a teacher, or a police officer? You want to be a nurse or an architect, a lawyer or a member of our military? You’re going to need a good education for every single one of those careers. You can’t drop out of school and just drop into a good job. You’ve got to work for it and train for it and learn for it. …

“You’ll need the insights and critical thinking skills you gain in history and social studies to fight poverty and homelessness, crime and discrimination, and make our nation more fair and more free. You’ll need the creativity and ingenuity you develop in all your classes to build new companies that will create new jobs and boost our economy.”

~ Barack Obama, 2009