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A college education can earn you much more than a diploma—the knowledge and skills you acquire can open doors and eyes to interesting and lucrative career opportunities, probably not otherwise possible. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, college graduates with a Bachelor’s degree earn nearly twice as much as high school graduates. Over the course of a lifetime, the difference in earning potential can easily exceed $1 million.
While a college education can be an excellent investment in your (or your child’s) future, it also can be one of the largest investments you’ll make in your lifetime. Fortunately, there are many opportunities for financial assistance – merit aid, scholarships, loans, grants, work-study — to make college more affordable and help you pay the bill.