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Education Pays 2019: The Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society

In this report, we look at patterns among U.S. adults with different levels of education. Areas of focus include:

  • Earnings and employment
  • Health-related behaviors (e.g., smoking)
  • Reliance on public assistance
  • Civic participation (e.g., volunteering)
  • Social mobility

We also examine the increases and persistent disparities in college participation and completion across demographic groups.

How College Shapes Lives: Understanding the Issues

How College Shapes Lives: Understanding the Issues

This supplemental report to Education Pays takes a closer look at how we measure the payoff of higher education and how that payoff varies across individuals. It provides additional background and context to help readers understand the role higher education plays in improved outcomes for both individuals and society.