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Those with bachelor’s degrees earn 79% more than high school grads

Those with bachelor’s degrees earn 79% more than high school grads

There are many ways to assess education’s payoff, but the earnings gap for all those wanting employment is vast.

Source: 2014, Higher Education Earnings Premium: Value, Variation, and Trends
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Men born from 1940-44 reached the peak college–high school earnings gap— $31,000— at age 50

Men born from 1940-44 reached the peak college–high school earnings gap— $31,000— at age 50

But the trajectory of the earnings gap is shifting. For those born between 1970 and 1974,  it was that high at age 32.

Source: 2014, Educational Attainment and Earnings Inequality among US-Born Men: A Lifetime Perspective
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As many as 1.2 million loans were “missing” in 2012 

As many as 1.2 million loans were “missing” in 2012

The drop can be attributed to low credit availability. Black and Hispanic borrowers have been disproportionately affected.

Source: 2014, Where Have All the Loans Gone? The Impact of Credit Availability on Mortgage Volume
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7 million people are projected to enroll in health insurance through the ACA marketplaces in 2015

7 million people are projected to enroll in health insurance through the ACA marketplaces in 2015

Enrollment projections suggest 2015 premiums will not grow substantially over 2014’s.

Source: 2014, Will Premiums Skyrocket in 2015?
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In 2012, 37% of graduate-degree recipients had borrowed $50,000 or more to pay for school

That year, 14 percent of graduate-degree recipients owed as much as $100,000 for undergraduate and graduate studies combined.

Source: 2015, Student Debt: Who Borrows Most? What Lies Ahead?
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78.8% of students in Sierra Leone in 2011 could walk to a school in 30 minutes or less

78.8% of students in Sierra Leone in 2011 could walk to a school in 30 minutes or less

That number is up from 68 percent in 2005.

Source: 2014, Local Government Discretion and Accountability in Sierra Leone
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