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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.