Realization of passion young people may be shocked to

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Realization of passion - Young people may be shocked to learn that they love physics in college, or that they really want to pursue art. Putting yourself in an educational setting where you can dabble with different disciplines can wake you up to passions you never knew or realized were there. Societal Benefits - The benefits of investments in higher education are shared by individual students and the societies of which they are a part. Individuals with college degrees, and to a lesser extent those who have some college experience but do not have a degree, earn more than others and enjoy better working conditions. They contribute more to society, both through higher tax payments and through their civic involvement. College Educated adults also give their children benefits that increase the prospects that the next generation will prosper and will be in a position to contribute to society in a variety of ways. Society as a whole also enjoys a financial return on the investment in higher education. In addition to widespread productivity increases, the higher earnings of educated workers generate higher tax payments at the local, state, and federal levels Beyond the economic return to individuals and to society as a whole, higher education improves quality of life in a variety of ways, only some of which can be easily quantified. High levels of labor force participation, employment, and earnings increase the material well-being of individuals and the wealth of society, and also carry psychological benefits. Adults with higher levels of education are more likely to engage in organized volunteer work, to understand political issues, and to vote. They are also more likely to live healthy lifestyles. The issue is not just that
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they earn more and have better access to health care; college-educated adults smoke less, exercise more, and have lower obesity rates. These differences not only affect the lifestyles and life expectancies of individuals but also reduce medical costs for society as a whole. Mothers with higher levels of education spend more time on their children’s activities. In other words, participation in postsecondary education improves the quality of civil society BASIC EDUCATION VERSUS HIGHER EDUCATION Individuals with higher levels of education earn more and are more likely than others to be employed - The income gap between high school graduates and college graduates has increased significantly over time. The earnings benefit to the average college graduate is high enough for graduates to recoup both the cost of full tuition and fees and earnings forgone during the college years in a relatively short period of time. As workers age, earnings rise more rapidly for those with higher levels of education. For example, the gap between the earnings of full-time workers whose highest degree is a bachelor’s degree and those of high school graduates grows from 54% for 25- to 29-year-olds to 86% for 45- to 49-year-olds, the financial return associated with college credentials and the gaps in earnings by education level have increased over time.
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