So many reasons to go to college...
College is a wonderful thing... At college, you study a subject that interests you, build lifelong skills in problem solving and critical thinking, and gain a different world view. You make new friends and for many students, get your first dose of living away from home. But college is also hard work – and pricey - so deciding where you should go and for some students - if you should go - is no easy task.
There are a million excuses for not going to college. “I’m sick of school.” “It costs too much.” “I can’t get into college.” “No one in my family has ever gone before!” Before you throw in the towel, consider this: the lifetime earning power of a college graduate is much greater than someone with only a high school diploma, according to the US Census Bureau. Plus, studies show the higher degree you earn, the more money you are likely to make.
Employment rates are also linked to education. The unemployment rate for college graduates is typically 70 to 80 percent lower than those with just a high school diploma, according to the Bureau of Labor Studies. More proof that a college education pays off.
Still not convinced? Schools come in all shapes and sizes (view Types of Colleges). Not all schools are the traditional liberal arts colleges you see in the movies. Where you will be happiest and most successful depends on your personal preferences and goals.
How much will it cost me?
Many families believe a college education is too expensive. The reality is, not all colleges are unaffordable and most students who attend college receive financial aid which is based on your family’s financial need - meaning the less money you earn, the more financial aid you might qualify for. You can learn more about financial aid and how it is awarded here or by calling the College Planning Center of Rhode Island.
First in your family to go to college?
You might find it difficult to explain to your family why a college education is important to you and how it can pay off. Or perhaps you just need some assistance with getting started. Free help is available to guide you through the process. Call the College Planning Center of Rhode Island today.