Saturday, August 25, 2012

School Is In Session

If you’re a little fish in a big pond, starting school can be a bit intimidating.

It’s not just the kindergarten crowd that gets scared.  It can happen to high school freshmen and adults returning to high school or college.  Sometimes, it is fear of the unknown.  For adolescents, the concerns may be social.  Leaving old classmates and friends behind can be intimidating.  Adults may worry that they have forgotten high school algebra or chemistry and that they will be unable to keep up with those who have recently graduated from high school.  Family responsibilities and the proximity of a college campus may also present a challenge.  For many, the cost of a college education is the most intimidating part   Yes, grants and scholarships may cover some of the cost.  Many, however, need to use loans that must be repaid after school to bridge the gap.

 In a tough economy, the cost of college can be particularly intimidating, as students wonder if they will be able to find employment after completing their degree.  They should take heart from recent unemployment statistics showing that those with bachelor degrees have half the unemployment rate of those with high school diplomas.  The trend continues with additional education.  Those with doctoral degrees have an unemployment rate of 2.5 percent.  Contrast that with the 14.3 percent rate of unemployment for those who didn’t complete high school. 

How much does a college education change your earning potential?  Check out this Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU.EDU) infographic.  A picture is definitely worth a thousand words.

The Billionaire College Dropout Infographic | SNHU.EDU
Presented By SNHU.EDU Online College

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