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Bachelor's degree: 11:1 return on investment in just five years

BA vs. car

Earning a college degree is a long-term financial investment that also provides benefits in the short-term. 

Income trajectories are strong for those with at least a bachelor’s degree compared to those who do not have one. Typical starting earnings in the U.S. for someone with a bachelor’s degree hover around $33,000 annually and this average grows each year a person with a degree is working and gaining more experience.

After five years, average earnings are close to $76,000. After ten years average earnings grow to close to $150,000 annually and this adds up to more and more over time. 

A bachelor’s degree may seem like an expensive investment, but after just five years, a college diploma is worth an average aggregate of $315,567 in earnings, 11 times the initial investment.