783-Options in Higher Ed

Episode: 783

Episode Title: Options in Higher Ed


In the wake of rising tuition costs and a skills-based hiring market, many people are questioning if college is worth it. Let’s consider that question, next on The Perna Syndicate.


Ep 783 show:

Welcome back to The Perna Syndicate! Thanks for tuning in. As students think about their choices after high school, they should recognize that they don’t have to choose between school or entering the workforce. There are options today that make it possible to do both. 


For example, dual enrollment programs get young people started on college coursework even before they finish high school, often in career-focused areas. For many students, these investments end up paying off. A dual enrollment program can save you time and money, and it’s definitely an option to consider. 


The latest U.S. Department of Labor data that shows that more academic training usually pays off. According to this data, bachelor’s degree holders generally earn 84% more on average than those with just a high school diploma. At the same time, more skills training also pays off, which is why over the last decade, the number of registered apprentices rose by 64%.


We need people to see the total picture with their range of choices. Federal student aid supports a traditional college education, but also an array of other educational offerings such as workforce training, registered apprenticeships, skills-based instruction, and certificate programs. It can be used for short-term coursework to get specific credentials, or for longer-term degree programs. 


The bottom line is, federal student aid helps open every one of these doors. And more people need to know about it.


Thank you for tuning in to The Perna Syndicate today. Tomorrow: the term “higher education” can mean many things, not just attending a university. I’ll see you then! 

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