Timing Matters: Waiting For College May Not Pay Off

WHERE ARE THEY NOW: The Department of Education released findings from a 10-year-long study of over fifteen thousand 27 year olds. Subjects were first surveyed as high school sophomores in 2002 and again ten years later to find out things such as educational attainment, employment status, and financial well being. Surprisingly, while they hit the job market at the height of the recession, only 30% of them reported experienced unemployment. The study also found that timing matters. Over 53% who went to college right after their senior year of high school completed their bachelors degree. However, of those who waited a year, only 7% finished. Check out The Atlantic for loads of fun graphs and insights from the study.

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