One of the ways I’ve encouraged my students to attend college is by showing them some of the materials on The Best Resources For Showing Students Why They Should Continue Their Academic Career list. Many of the links on that list show income differences depending on educational attainment.
A study has just been published highlighting that students from low-income families especially benefit financially from going to college. Here’s an excerpt:
The economic value of a college diploma is nearly twice as high for women from disadvantaged backgrounds as for women from privileged backgrounds, the findings show. For disadvantaged men, the lift is even greater:A college education is worth three times more for them than for privileged college-goers.
The report itself is not accessible to ELL’s. However, it would be easy to create a simple summary of its results.
This is an important study, because it flies in the face of all those recent arguments AGAINST encouraging low-income students to attend college. The debt isn’t worth it, and they’re often under-prepared, the argument goes. The “college isn’t for everyone” mantra” is often silently directed at low-income students.