My Comments: Over the last few years, I’ve been trying to develop the idea that there is money to be had to pay for a college education if you only know where to find it. All colleges and universities have endowment money to spend and award to those students they want enrolled. The trick is to get several schools to want you and then get them bidding, using their endowment money to pay your way.
While all this is happening you are working the system. Meanwhile, there is the expectation that a college degree will give your high school age student a significant leg up as she or he enters the world as a functioning adult. At least that’s the plan. Here’s an article that talks about which fields of interest result in the best financial outcomes.
By Dan Berman, AdvisorOne
The skyrocketing price of going to college is enough to make one wonder if it’s worth the cost. The National Bureau of Economic Research has attempted to answer that question by looking at factors that affect the pay that graduates in different disciplines can expect to earn. They used information from the Census Bureau to illustrate average wages.
First to those rising costs. According to the College Board, the average in-state tuition at a public university was $8,244 (more than double that if you include room and board and other fees) for the 2011-’12 academic year. For those who come from out of state, the figure rises to $20,770 ($29,657 total). For private, not-for-profit colleges the average was $28,500 ($38,589 total).
With those costs in mind, the Economic Research Bureau’s study, authored by Joseph G. Altonji, Erica Blom and Costas Meghir, could be seen as a guide for college students when choosing a career. Of course, there are more prosaic reasons for choosing a line of work, such as finding something you love to do. With the report, at the least, students will know what to expect once they hit the job market.
One interesting highlight of the report is the monetary benefit gained by earning an advanced degree. In some fields the benefit of extra course work is huge.
Biological science majors, for instance, earn 51% more than those with a four-year degree. On the other end of the spectrum, communications majors earn just a 4% premium for a higher degree. AdvisorOne also looked at the study for earnings of those in the top 10% in that degree’s field, which is not necessarily related to holding an advanced degree.