Special Report: College Investment: Does It Pay?

College costs are up, graduate pay is down, and 40 percent of students never get a degree. For many, return on investment is a cruel joke
  • Mortarboard with money in it on asphalt --- Image by © Paul Hudson/fstop/Corbis
    College ROI: What We Found
    With pay for college grads down and costs on the rise, the return on a college investment isn't what it used to be
  • Measuring College ROI
    Measuring College ROI
    To calculate return on a college investment, PayScale uses 30-year earnings, college costs, graduation rates and other data
  • Locked gates at Harvard Yard
    Why College Isn't for Everyone
    High dropout rates, earnings differences between majors, and an oversupply of graduates means some won’t benefit from a four-year degree

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