Why Save for College
Reason#1: More Career Opportunities
Post-secondary education at a technical school, vocational school, community college or a 4-year university can qualify your child for more higher-paying jobs and careers that are not obtainable without a degree.
The skills and knowledge that your child acquires in college can be transferred across jobs and a variety of careers. Below is a list of skills taught in Texas colleges that can lead to different job opportunities.
Reason #2: Higher Earnings
On average, a community college graduate makes $243,412 (before taxes) more than a high school graduate over a lifetime. 3
A 4-year college graduate makes on average $790,088 (before taxes) more than a high school graduate over a lifetime.3
A college education can provide access to jobs with higher wages and salaries, allowing your child the opportunity to be more financially secure with a higher monthly income to pay for all living expenses after graduation.
Reason #3: Increased Financial Security
Stable employment and higher earnings can help your child build financial security over time. Building financial security is a process in which “individuals must first learn the knowledge and skills that enable them to earn an income and manage their money. They then use that income to take care of basic living expenses and debt payments and save for future purposes. As savings grow, households can invest in assets that will appreciate over time and generate wealth and income.”4
By saving for a college education now, you are enabling your child to take that first step toward financial security by learning the knowledge and skills needed to get a job.
Reason #4: Rising College Costs
By 2030, tuition and fees for a 2 year in-state public associate’s degree could cost approximately $19,515, if costs continue to rise at the rates they have over the past 30 years.5
In Texas from 2003 to 2012, college tuition on average increased by 55% for public schools.6
Financial aid options are available including grants, scholarships, or even loans to help pay for a college education. Unfortunately, they may not be enough to cover the full cost of college. You can start saving for college now to help cover at least a portion of the future costs of your child’s college education, and to reduce the amount of loans needed to cover any remaining college expenses.
1 ONET Online. 2008. “The Federal Government’s Dictionary of Occupational Titles”. Accessed June 2013
2 Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce. 2010. “Help Wanted: Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018”. < http://www9.georgetown.edu/grad/gppi/hpi/cew/pdfs/fullreport.pdf>
3 RAISE Texas Analysis of BLS Statistics 2012<http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm>
4 CFED.org <http://cfed.org/knowledge_center/household_financial_security_framework>
5 Collegesavings.org, 2013 College Cost Calculator, assuming 6% tuition inflation rate
6 Center for Public Policy Priorities. 2012. “The Cost of College”.
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