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How Does an Education Stack Up

Sometimes it's hard to think of your education as an investment.

But it's been documented that over a lifetime, a Bachelor  degree recipient will earn a $1 million dollars more than someone with a high school diploma.  

And as you continue to pursue higher levels of education, your earning potential also continues to increase.  With a Doctorate degree, you could expect to earn, on average, $1.1 million more than the Bachelor's degree.  ​

At CU Denver for instance, in-state tuition and fees over four years would be about $31,000, BUT it has the potential to return a million dollars, which is a pretty good return on your investment (or about $960,000).

Earnings by College Major

The Hamilton Project researched salary based on college degrees

Comparison of three big decisions

How does the cost of a typical college diploma compare to other big decisions?

Here's a breakdown of averages for these three investment


Total college diploma = $36,556

  • Public in-state college: Average annual tuition and fees = $9,139
  • Over four years that’s $9,139 x 4 = $36,556


Total car ownership costs = $105,000

  • Average purchase price for new mid-size sedan = $25,000.
  • Average yearly ownership costs (insurance, taxes, license and registration, and gas) = $8,000
  • 10 yrs of $8,000 in ownership costs ($80,000) + purchase price ($25,000) = $105,000


Total purchase price = $275,000 (not accounting for taxes, maintenance​, HOA, etc.)

  • In early 2015, according to the US Census Bureau, the average cost of a new home was $341,000, with the median cost being right around $275,000.

Comparison of Big Decisions




Value of a Degree

Is a college degree worth it? The research shows a degree can make a pretty big difference (like a $1,000,000 difference). 

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