Recent High School Grads Still Believe that College Is Worth it, Despite the Cost

Barry Lenson

Recent High School Grads Still Believe that College Is Worth it, Despite the Cost

“One Year Out,” a new study conducted by Hart Research Associates for the College Board, finds that a majority of recent college graduates believe that going to college is still a good idea, despite the high cost. The survey polled 1,507 students who graduated from high school in 2010. Note that not all of the respondents who were polled are currently attending college. In fact, 76% of them are not currently enrolled.

Let’s take a look at what the survey found about what this group is thinking . . .

College is still worth it. An overwhelming majority of survey respondents – 86% - felt that a college degree is still worth the investment of time and money.

High school is not enough. Ninety percent of respondents agreed with the statement, “In today's world, high school is not enough, and nearly everybody needs to complete some kind of education or training after high school.”

You need college if you want to succeed. Seventy percent of respondents believe that a college degree will help them reach their career aspirations, and another 18% said that a degree will help “somewhat” in reaching their goals.

Students are still optimists. Even in the today’s shaky economy, 66% of respondents reported that they are “very” or “somewhat” optimistic that people in their generation will enjoy good opportunities for jobs and careers. But 33% said they are “worried” about it.

Cost is the biggest challenge. Five in 9 of the survey respondents who are attending college said that affording it was “very” or “pretty” challenging. Of those who are not currently attending college, 56% said affordability was a major factor in keeping them out.

High schools are not doing enough to prepare students for college. A majority of respondents stated that their high schools had not prepared them adequately for college or taught them important skills like managing money.

To learn more . . .

CLICK HERE to go to the survey report on the College Board website.

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