Five Reasons Why High School Graduation Should Not Be the Last Stop in Your Education

Barry Lenson

If you’re a high school student, this will be a month of big events - the prom, parties and graduation. But after you throw your mortarboard into the air and march outside for hugs from your family, maybe it’s time to think about what’s in store for you.

Even if you haven’t got firm college plans in place for September, you have options. Thanks to the availability of online college courses , you can start earning a higher degree today. Here are some reasons for taking that first step not too long after your mortarboard lands on the ground.

Reason #1 - You’ll be taking your first step toward a lifetime of higher earnings. A college degree is still one of the best financial investments you can make. “The Big Payoff: Educational Attainment and Synthetic Estimates of Work-Life Earnings,” a new report from the Federal government,  states that over an adult's working life, high school graduates can expect to earn $1.2 million; those with a bachelor's degree, $2.1 million; and people with a master's degree, $2.5 million.

Reason #2 - You can start making that investment with very low out-of-pocket costs. Thanks to innovative new online learning options,

you can rev up your financial motor for less than what you are probably paying to keep your car’s gas tank filled for a typical month.

Reason #3 - You can start college even if you are starting a job or entering the military. Because distance learning courses are flexible, there’s no need to put your plans on hold.

Reason #4 - You’ll keep your learning momentum moving forward. It’s easier to stay a student than to become a student. Your study skills are honed, you’re in the habit of learning, so why not keep the ball rolling?

Reason #5 - If you continue your education, you’ll be more likely to go on to earn a degree or certificate. According to the U.S. Department of Education, 80% of students who enroll in continuing education courses eventually earn a degree or certificate. In contrast, only about half of students entering full-time two or four-year institutions finish.

Those are only five reasons why staying with your studies is a good way to start building a life of more success and higher earnings. So after the parties are over, consider giving yourself a graduation present – higher learning. Why not head home and get online?

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