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.