Public Benefits

When investing in a college education, the individual benefits with higher earning potential, greater career opportunities and social benefits. Studies have also found the community experiences some decent gains as well. In research, a strong correlation between attending college, culture values, family values and economic growth was found, reports ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education.

Tax revenues are also affected when community members pursue higher education. This means more money for transportation projects, schools and other government and local expenditures. Individuals with higher earning potential also have higher disposable income levels, which trickles back into the economy. This improves the overall quality of the community.

Individuals achieving a higher level of education are also less reliant on public assistance programs. In studies, when students earn a college degree, their reliance on programs, such as temporary aid to needy families (TANF), reduced priced school lunches, foods stamps and other programs decreased significantly.

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