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Regional Comparison

From an individual’s perspective, college is a no-brainer. It’s the most reliable ticket to the middle class—and beyond. Despite rising tuition costs, and student debt that has topped $1 trillion, income statistics show that college is indeed worth the cost. A recent article in the Journal of Science put the true cost of college at a negative $500,000, meaning that over the long term, not going to college will cost an individual about a half-million dollars in lost earnings.

We Can’t Fall Behind


Our state must not fall behind in offering the opportunities that new generations of residents and employers will expect. Right now, Arizona ranks behind California, Colorado and Utah in in degree attainment, but is ahead of New Mexico and Nevada. Explore our map of the regional picture to see how Arizona compares to our neighbor states.


We Need Your Help

With your help, Arizona can create more degree holders, cut the costly achievement gaps, create additional tax revenue, and put the state back on even ground with its neighbors when it comes to college success and the benefits that accompany a better educated state.

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For More Information

Click here for a list of reports that make the case for increasing college graduation rates.

What It Takes To Succeed in College

Learn more about Our Five Points for College Success.

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