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Author(s):Trostel, P
Title:The fiscal impacts of college attainment
Short Description:This study quantifies the fiscal benefits associated with greater college attainment, one important part of the economic return to public investment in college education. College graduates generally pay much more in taxes than those not going to college, and government expenditures are also generally much less for college graduates than for those without a college education.
Annotation:This study quantifies the fiscal benefits associated with greater college attainment, one important part of the economic return to public investment in college education. College graduates generally pay much more in taxes than those not going to college, and government expenditures are also generally much less for college graduates than for those without a college education. Indeed, over an average lifetime, total government spending per college degree is negative. That is, direct savings in post-college government expenditures are greater than government expenditures on higher education. Plus, the direct extra tax revenues from college graduates alone are more than six times the gross government cost per college degree. Thus, in addition to the many other benefits from higher education, public financial support of college education pays for itself many times over.
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Educational Attainment/College Degree Completion
National Perspectives
Social and Economic Benefits of College/Economic Development

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Getting through: Higher education's plan to increase the college completion rates of Boston public schools graduates
Missed opportunity: How New York can do a better job of reconnecting youth on public assistance to education and jobs
Promoting full-time attendance among adults in community college: Early impacts from the performance-based scholarship demonstration in New York
Presidential leadership for public policy: A special report by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education
Gender inequalities in education
Family literacy: A valuable gateway to postsecondary education
The educational experience of young men of color: A review of research, pathways, and progress
2008-09 Baccalaureate and beyond longitudinal study (B&B:08/09)
Future skill shortages in the U.S. economy?
Conditional cash transfers and college persistence: Evidence from a randomized need-based grant program
Gains and gaps: Changing inequality in U.S. college entry and completion
Growth in the residential segregation of families by income, 1970-2009
Pathway to recovery: Implementing a back on track through college model
Completing the mission: A pilot study of veteran students' progress toward degree attainment in the post 9/11 era
Can applying to more colleges increase enrollment rates?
Recruitment, retention and the minority teacher shortage
Achieving the Dream data notes: What's in a name? Are they really credential-seeking students?
Determinants of students' success: The role of advanced placement and dual enrollment programs
Building pathways to transfer: Community colleges that break the chain of failure for students of color
US Students in overseas degree programs: Key destinations and fields of study
Unbundling youth, family, and community involvement in college access: On the ground in Austin, Texas
The American freshman: National norms fall 2011
Issues facing historically black colleges and unversities: Results of a focused discussion and survey
Meeting the STEM workforce challenge: Leveraging higher education's untapped potential to prepare tomorrow's STEM workforce
National postsecondary enrollment trends: Before, during, and after the great recession
Young workers: A lost decade
Investing in disadvantaged young children is an economically efficient policy
Achieving the Dream Data Notes: Academic outcomes of high risk students
Economic and noneconomic outcomes for GED credential recipients
Moving beyond access: College success for low-income, first generation students
National studies find TRIO programs effective at increasing college enrollment and graduation
From soldier to student: Easing the transition of service members on campus
Investing in Indiana's adult workers: Increasing financial aid opportunities
Projecting the economic benefits of reducing high school dropout rates in America's 45 largest metropolitan areas
Assets and liabilities, educational expectations, and children's college degree attainment
A matter of degrees: Tomorrow's fastest growing jobs, and why community college graduates will get them
Embracing differences: Post-secondary education among Aboriginal students, students with children and students with disabilities (2005)
The spaces between the numbers: Getting international data on higher education straight
Value of a college education (calculator)
Rewarding persistence: Effects of a performance-based scholarship program for low-income parents
Bridges to opportunity for underprepared adults: A state policy guide for community college leaders
Cost, commitment, and attainment in higher education: An international comparison
Rising tuition and enrollment in public higher education
Cities in crisis 2009: Closing the graduation gap: Educational and economic conditions in America's largest cities
Young lives on hold: The college dreams of undocumented students
Revving the education engine: Effectively aligning education, workforce, and economic development policy
Moving success from the shadows: Data systems that link education and workforce outcomes
A new paradigm for economic development: How higher education insitutions are working to revitalize their regional and state economies
The educational crisis facing young men of color: Reflections on four days of dialogue on the educational challenges of minority males
Best practices in statewide articulation and transfer systems
Working too hard to make the grade: How fewer work hours and more financial aid can help California community college students succeed
The promise of proficiency: How college proficiency information can help high schools drive student success
With their whole lives ahead of them: Myths and realities about why so many students fail to finish college
Changes in postsecondary degrees below the Bachelor's: 1997-2007
A next social contract for the primary years of education
Open-access colleges responsible for greatest gains in graduation rates
Characteristics of effective urban college preparation programs
PERSIST (Guide to improve higher education persistence, retention, and success)
Roadmap for ensuring America's future
Disrupting college: How disruptive innovation can deliver quality and affordability to postsecondary education
Plugged in: Positive development strategies for disconnected Latino youth
Capacity building to diversify STEM: Realizing potential among HBCUs
Digest of education statistics 2010, and mini-digest of education statistics 2010
Benefitting whom? For-profit education companies and the growth of military educational benefits
State high school tests: Exit exams and other assessments
Top 10 higher education state policy issues for 2011
Effects of welfare reform on vocational education and training
Introduction to the Community College Research Center (CCRC) assessment of evidence series
The degree qualifications profile
Momentum: Sustaining efforts to improve life outcomes among African-American males
Modeling the role of community colleges in increasing educational attainment and workforce preparedness
Just how similar? Community colleges and the for-profit sector
Unions as partners: Expanding the role of organized labor in workforce development
The rise of college student borrowing
Divided we fail in LA: Improving completion and closing racial gaps in the Los Angeles community college district
Conducting a scan of your college access and success system: Why it matters, how to do it, how to use it
Yes we can: The Schott 50-state report on public education and black males
Ensuring America's future: Benchmarking Latino college completion to meet national goals: 2010 to 2020
Ensuring America's future: Federal policy and Latino college completion
Yes we can: The Schott state report on black males and education (national and state reports)
Dream vs. reality: An analysis of potential Dream Act beneficiaries
No time to waste: Policy recommendations for increasing college completion
College graduation rates: Behind the numbers
The progress of education reform: Investing in college completion
The return on the federal investment in for-profit education: Debt without a diploma
Is school funding fair? A national report card
Lumina Foundation focus: The cost quandary: Hard times intensify the nation's urgent need for college graduates
Enhancing tax credits to encourage saving for higher education: Advancing the American opportunity tax credit and reforming the saver's credit
A portrait of low-income young adults in education
Educational attainment in the United States: 2009
Rebalancing the mission: The community college completion challenge
Improving education through collaboration: A case study of the Long Beach seamless education partnership
Big gaps, small gaps: Some colleges and universities do better than others in graduating African-American students
Big gaps, small gaps: Some colleges and universities do better than others in graduating Hispanic students
How America pays for college 2010: A national study by Sallie Mae and Gallup
How does the United States stack up? International comparisons of academic achievement
Ten years after college: Comparing the employment experiences of 1992-93 Bachelor's degree recipients with academic and career-oriented majors
Adult learning in focus: National and state-by-state data
Adult learning in focus: Individual state profiles and downloadable data
State policies to bring adult learning into focus
Who graduates in California?
Racial disparities and the new federalism
Recent participation in formal learning among working-age adults with different levels of education
Adding it up: State challenges for increasing college access and success
Voces (Voices): A profile of today's Latino college students
Education pays 2007: The benefits of higher education for individuals and society
The road ahead: Improving diversity in graduate education
Are private high schools better academically than public high schools?
A framework and recommendations for federal action on secondary school reform
The national articulation and transfer network
Access to success initiative
Achievement trap: How America is failing millions of high-achieving students from lower-income families
Out before the game begins: Hispanic leaders talk about what's needed to bring more Hispanic youngsters into science, technology and math professions
National study of student support services. Third-year longitudinal study results and program implementation study update
Center for Law and Social Policy
Early intervention programs: Opening the doors to higher education
Modeling Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs): Campus practices that work for Latino students
Reaching higher with accountability (working paper)
Investing in lasting change: Productivity and U.S. higher education
From No Child Left Behind to Every Child a Graduate
Dropouts, diplomas, and dollars: U.S. high schools and the nation's economy
Evaluating the impact of interventions that promote successful transitions from high school
Mapping new directions: Higher education for older adults
Schools, skills, and synapses
Apply to succeed: Ensuring community college students benefit from need-based financial aid
Career academies: Long-term impacts on labor market outcomes, educational attainment, and transitions to adulthood
Community colleges: Special supplement to the Condition of Education 2008
Mississippi's mandate: How investment in education pays off in Mississippi
Gender gap grows
Projections of education statistics to 2015
Dollars and sense: The cost effectiveness of small schools
Indiana baccalaureate graduation data
The big payoff: Educational attainment and synthetic estimates of work-life earnings
21st century skills for 21st century jobs
Left behind: Unequal opportunity in higher education
Measuring up 2004
The educational, social, and economic benefits of making informed and considered career decisions
Projections of education statistics to 2014
Postsecondary education opportunity
Help wanted: Advanced education and the changing workforce
State higher education finance: FY 2004
Educational attainment in the United States: 2003
The alternative pathways project: A framework for dropout reduction and recovery
College learning for the new global century
Access and achievement: Building educational and career pathways for Latinos in advanced technology
The relationship between advanced placement and college graduation
Every child, every promise: Turning failure into action
California Community Colleges: Making them stronger and more affordable
Career development in context: Selected trends in education, economics, labor, and society
Stats Indiana
The community college as a nexus for workforce transitions: A critical essay
The path of many journeys: The benefits of higher education for native people and communities
Profile of undergraduates in U.S. postsecondary education institutions: 2003-04, With a special analysis of community college students
A synthesis of recommendations for improving U.S. science and mathematics education
Earnings by attainment
College access in Indiana and the United States 2007: Improving college access and success for Indiana adults 25 and over
From cradle to career: Connecting American education from birth through adulthood; Alabama state report
Indiana State Profile
Educational opportunity for all?
Event Dropout Rates for Public School Students in grades 9-12: 2002-3 and 2003-4
A report on the status of Hispanics in education: Overcoming a history of neglect
Demography is not destiny: Increasing the graduation rates of low-income college students at large public universities
The benefits of racial/ethnic student groups: A psychologist explains
Digest of Education Statistics
Digest of education statistics: 2006
Graduate education: The backbone of American competitiveness and innovation
From cradle to career: Connecting American education from birth through adulthood; Colorado state report
Keeping America competitive: Five strategies to improve mathematics and science education
Statement of the national summit on competitiveness: Investing in America's future
Narrowing the gaps in educational attainment: A policymaker's guide for assessing and responding to needs for community college services
Value added assessment: Accountability's new frontier
Engaging students, challenging the odds
A whole 'nother world: Students navigating community college
Transitioning adults to college: Adult basic education program models
Urgent but overlooked: The literacy crisis among adolescent English language learners
The future at work: Trends and implications
Over half of low-income children live with a parent who works regularly
Black male students at public flagship universities in the U.S.: Status, trends, and implications for policy and practice
Making opportunity affordable: Reinvesting in college access and success
A new way on school integration
Career and technical education's role in American competitiveness
Building pathways to success for low-skill adult students: Lessons for community college policy and practice from a longitudinal student tracking study
One day I will make it: A study of adult student persistence in library literacy programs
Children at risk: Consequences for school readiness and beyond
With diploma in hand: Hispanic high school seniors talk about their future
Bridging the gap: Academic preparation and postsecondary success of first generation students
Waiting to attend college: Students who delay postsecondary enrollment
Closing the expectations gap: 2006
Investing in America's future
High school academic preparation and postsecondary progress
Access denied: Restoring the nation’s commitment to equal educational opportunity
The role of finances in the persistence process.: A structural model
Beyond empty promises: Policies to improve transitions into colleges and jobs
Pathways to a four-year degree: The higher education story of one generation
Findings from the Condition of Education 2001: Students whose parents did not go to college
Data quality campaign: Using data to improve student achievement
Increasing the achievement of Native American youth at early college high schools
The disposable worker: Living in a job-loss economy
2002 State new economy index
From high school to the future: A first look at Chicago public school graduates' college enrollment, college preparation, and graduation from four-year colleges
Capturing the college potential of students from under-served populations: An analysis of efforts to overcome social and financial barriers to college, executive summary
How do pre-collegiate outreach programs impact college-going among underrepresented students
Measuring up 2006
Public schools and economic development: What the research shows
The size and characteristics of the unauthorized migrant population in the U.S.
Access and persistence: Winter 2006
Improving educational outcomes for students with disabilities
It's not about the cut score: Redesigning placement assessment policy to improve student success
Education and training for TANF recipients: Opportunities and challenges under the final rule
Tapping America's Potential
Beyond access: Explaining socioeconomic differences in college transfer
ETS Policy Notes: Adult education in America
Federal access policies and higher education for working adults
The poor and the rich: A look at economic stratification and academic performance among undergraduate students in the United States
State policies on student transitions: Results of a 50-state inventory
Fulfilling the commitment: Recommendations for reforming federal student aid
Pushing the envelope: State policy innovations in financing postsecondary education for workers who study
Good policy, good practice: Improving outcomes and productivity in higher education, a guide for policymakers
Windows on achievement and inequality
Advising adult learners: The adult learning focused institution
The Bologna club: What U.S. higher education can learn from a decade of higher education reconstruction
Indiana R&D 2008: Meeting the global challenge for innovation
McNair scholar handbook
National evaluation of Upward Bound: Summary of first-year impacts and program operations
What do we know about the economic benefits of the GED? A synthesis of evidence from recent research
Promoting student success in community colleges by increasing student support services
Comparative indicators of education in the United States and other G-8 countries: 2006
Are they really ready to work? Employers perspectives on the basic knowledge and applied skills of new entrants to the 21st century U.S. workforce
A state leader's action guide to 21st century skills
Is student success labeled institutional failure? Student goals and graduation rates in the accountability debate at community colleges
High school dropouts in America
The study of economic, informational, and cultural barriers to community college student transfer access at selective institutions: National estimates of transfer access and baccalaureate degree attainment at four-year colleges and universities
Education longitudinal study of 2002 (ELS:2002): A first look at the initial postsecondary experiences of the high school Sophomore class of 2002
Postsecondary Access and Success
Building a culture of evidence for community college student success: Early progress in the Achieving the Dream initiative
National Council of La Raza
Experiences that matter: Enhancing student learning and success
Programme for international assessment (PISA): 2006 Results
Education and economic competitiveness
A commitment to America's future: Responding to the crisis in mathematics and science education
Quality counts 2008: Indiana report
MHEC in Indiana: 2006-07
Do support services at community colleges encourage success or reproduce disadvantage?
Transitioning out of high school: A quick stats fact sheet
Setting the '08 education agenda for the nation: Education as an engine for regional economic and workforce development
Are teachers prepared for racially diverse schools? Teachers describe their preparation, resources, and practices for racially diverse schools
Enrollment status and outcomes
Engaging faculty and staff: An imperative for fostering retention, advising, and smart borrowing
Annotated bibliography: Adult learning in focus: National and state data report
Crafting a new vision for high school: How states can join academic and technical studies to promote more powerful learning
The minds of boys
Transitions to adulthood for homeless adolescents: Education and public policy
Achieving the possible: What Americans think about the college- and career-ready agenda
The College Completion Agenda
Increasing baccalaureate attainment in Louisville: A proposed blueprint for community action
A balance sheet at 30 months: How the great recession has changed life in America
Effectiveness of fully online courses for college students: Response to a department of education meta-analysis
New approaches to improving college access, persistence, and success: Three exemplary postsecondary opportunity programs
Building a learning agenda around disconnected youth
ETS Policy Notes: Advancing learning for our diverse adult population
Advancing by degrees: A framework for increasing college completion
The workplace realities
Recommendations for incorporating postsecondary and workforce data into statewide longitudinal data systems
Achieving the dream data notes: Outcomes of first-year persisting students
Something's got to give: California can't improve college completions without rethinking developmental education at its community colleges
Five strategies to help low-income adults and youth attain community college credentials
The Network on Transitions to Adulthood
Chidren's Budget 2010
Postsecondary educational trajectories of urban youth: Addressing vulnerabilities and barriers to enrollment and persistence
Distinct subgroups of former foster youth during young adulthood: Implications for policy and practice
Helping former foster youth graduate from college: Campus support programs in California and Washington state
Mind the gaps: How college readiness narrows achievement gaps in college success
Dollars for degrees: Structuring post-secondary scholarships to increase student success
Dollars for degrees: Financial aid and its impact on post-secondary degree completion in Texas
Community colleges and higher education: How do state transfer and articulation policies impact student pathways?
Grading higher education: Giving consumers the information they need
Time to completion: States and systems must tackle the time dilemma
Rewarding progress, reducing debt: Early results from Ohio's performance-based scholarship demonstration for low-income parents
Class differences: Online education in the United States, 2010
Which students to serve? Universal or targeted eligibility for postsecondary opportunity programs
Redesigning community colleges for completion: Lessons from research on high performance organizations
We dream a world: The 2025 vision for black men and boys
K-12 education reform: Implications and opportunities for public colleges and universities
Trends in student aid 2010
Catalyst for completion: Performance-based funding in higher education: A case study of three states
Latino college completion: State series
Institutional variation in credential completion: Evidence from Washington State Community and Technical colleges
Creating opportunities in health care: The community college role in workforce partnerships
A grounded theory of adult student persistence
Aligning education and workforce goals to foster economic development
The differential impact of wealth vs. income in the college-going process
Enrollment in postsecondary institutions, fall 2009; Graduation rates, 2003 & 2006 cohorts; and financial statistics, Fiscal Year 2009
Why 529 college savings plans favor the fortunate
Protecting the federal investment in higher education: The gainful employment rule
Steps taken on the path forward
Florida policy options to accelerate Latino student success in higher education
Enrollment in postsecondary institutions Fall 2008; graduation rates, 2002 and 2005 cohorts; and financial statistics, 2008
Digest of Education Statistics, 2009
Toward more inclusive college savings plans: Sample state legislation
State Higher Education Finance FY 2009
Addressing the American male imperative in higher education: Implications for public and research universities
Policies paved the way: Early college innovation in North Carolina
Connected by 25: Effective policy solutions for vulnerable youth
A national study of institutional policies for the evaluation of transfer applicants
High school dropout and completion rates in the United States: 2007
Achieving the Dream Data Notes: Attendance and completion patterns
Charting a necessary path: The baseline report of public higher education systems in the Access to Success initiative
Higher education performance funding 2.0 - Funding degrees (tip sheet)
2009 What works for Latinos in higher education
Socioeconomic stratification of community college transfer access in the 1980s and 1990s: Evidence from HS&B and NELS
Insuring college failure risk
Top gap closers: Some public four-year colleges and universities have made good progress in closing graduation rate gaps
Evaluating student success interventions: Principles and practices of student success
The Springboard Project: Getting ahead - staying ahead: Helping America's workforce succeed in the 21st century
High school policy reform: A plan for success (California)
A plan for success: Communities of color define policy priorities for high school reform
Squeeze play 2009: The public's views on college costs today
Economic Opportunity Index
Outcomes of high impact practices for underserved students: A review of the literature
Summer Search
Cultivating generative connections, commitment, and engagement among campus constituencies: A practice brief based on BEAMS project outcomes
Gaining support from campus leaders: A project brief based on BEAMS project outcomes
Increasing student engagement through faculty development: A practice brief based on BEAMS project outcomes
Enrollment in postsecondary institutions, Fall 2006; Graduation rates, 2000 and 2003 cohorts; and financial statistics, Fiscal Year 2006
Educational policies for integrating college competencies and workforce needs: Cases from Brazil, Mongolia, Ukraine, and the United States
Survey of Canadian career college students: Phase II -- In-school student survey
Getting started at community colleges: Reducing unplanned pregnancy and strengthening academic achievement
Higher education success among historically marginalized males
What we must to do to create a system that prepares students for college success
Latinos and education: Explaining the attainment gap
More guidance, better results? Three-year effects of an enhanced student services program at two community colleges
The college completion agenda: 2011 state policy guide
The impacts of state performance funding systems on higher education institutions: Research literature review and policy implications
Smart spending: Reforming federal financial aid for higher education
American Association of Community Colleges 2011 Advocacy Toolkit Factsheet
Snapshot report: Mobility
The roll of Pell grants in access, persistence and completion
Science and engineering indicators 2012
Illinois community college: Focus on the finish: A report to Governor Pat Quinn and the Illinois General Assembly
Beyond the master plan: The case for restructuring baccalaureate education in California
Strong support, low awareness: Public perception of the common core state standards
Comparative indicators of education in the United States and other G-8 countries:
Crossing the finish line: A national effort to address near completion
Striving for student success: A model of shared accountability
Equity scorecard: A process for building institutional capacity to educate young men of color
High school dual enrollment programs: Are we fast-tracking students too fast?
Linking costs and postsecondary degrees: Key issues for policymakers
Improving student transfer from community colleges to four-year institutions-The perspective of leaders from baccalaureate-granting institutions
Overlooked and underpaid: How Title 1 shortchanges high schools, and what ESEA can do about it
From GED to college degree: Creating pathways to postsecondary success for high school dropouts
The condition of education 2011
On our way: Educational toolkit for families (A program instructional guide)
The role of mentoring in college access and success
Staying on track: Early findings from a performance-based scholarship program at the University of New Mexico
Single mothers and college success: Charting paths out of poverty
The college completion agenda: 2011 Progress report: Latino edition
Learning at a distance: Undergraduate enrollment in distance education courses and degree programs
Aligning community colleges to their local labor markets: The emerging role of online job ads for providing real-time intelligence about occupations and skills in demand
The College Match Program
National Governor's Association: Complete to Compete Resources
Education and the economy: Boosting the nation's economy by improving high school graduation rates
Double jeopardy: How third-grade reading skills and poverty influence high school graduation
An economy that works: Job creation and America's future
The condition of education 2012 (Report)
Graduate enrollment in science and engineering grew substantially in the past decade but slowed in 2010
The importance of being in school: A report on absenteeism in the nation's public schools
Workforce Investment Act reauthorization may move youth development field back a decade: Analysis of H.R. 4297 through a youth advocacy lens
Valuable learning or "spinning their wheels"?: Understanding excess credits earned by community college associate degree completers
A new classification scheme for for-profit institutions
Measuring nontraditional student success: An imperative for colleges and universities
Off the clock: What more time can (and can't) do for school turnarounds
One dream, two realities: Perspectives of parents on America's high schools
Compendium of practices to increase Latino college completion 2012: Profiles of organizational efforts
Easing the transition from combat to classroom: Preserving America's investment in higher education for military veterans through institutional assessment
Dual enrollment: Reviewing programs to promote college completion
Growing proportion of children in poverty means more education challenges
Survey of income and program participation data on educational attainment
From capacity to success: HSIs and Latino student success through Title V
Cornerstones of completion: State policy support for accelerated, structured pathways to college credentials and transfer
Completing college: A national view of student attainment rates
What works for Latino student success in higher education: 2012 Compendium, profiles of selected programs
Black male student athletes and racial inequities in NCAA division I college sports
Higher education, merit-based scholarships and post-baccalaureate migration
Forging new pathways: The impact of the breaking through initiative in michigan
The role of tuition, financial aid policies, and student outcomes on average student debt
National and regional workforce solutions: New industry-higher education projects for the NextGen U.S. workforce
Portable, stackable credentials: A new education model for industry-specific career pathways
Core principles for transforming remedial education: A joint statement
Accelerating college knowledge: Examining the feasibility of a targeted early commitment Pell Grant program
Lifting Latinos up by their 'rootstraps': Moving beyond trauma through a healing-informed framework for Latino boys and men
Advancing civic learning and engagement in democracy: A road map and call to action
A better affirmative action: State universities that created alternatives to racial preferences
Challenge the status quo: Academic success among school-age African-American males
"I came in unsure of everything": Community college shifts in students' confidence
Trends among young adults over three decades, 1974-2006
Education at a glance 2012: OECD indicators
The SAT report on college & career readiness: 2012