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Although it may seem like a lot of money to pay for an education, college actually makes good financial sense. This calculator illustrates this point by comparing the lifetime earnings of two scenarios - one where you begin work right after high school and one where you attend college before getting a job.

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College Graduate

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Post High School Annual Salary Increase: % Post College Annual Salary Increase: %
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Note: Default salary figures were taken from U.S. Census data on salary and level of educational attainment.

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