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Public Universities Pay Off

by Kaitlyn Wightman
Marketing Specialist

February 20, 2014

For-profit colleges have quite the surface appeal. Their flexible, online offerings make it easier to keep working while taking classes. 

The catch: You’re likely to earn less money later on. 

According to a recent study, graduates of public and non-profit universities earn up to five times more than graduates of for-profit schools. 

Here’s the breakdown:

  • For-profit graduate avg. salary increase: $5,400
  • Public/non-profit graduate avg. salary increase: $12,300 to $26,700 

Pay More Now & Earn Less Later? Um, No Thanks.

Transferring to a for-profit institution means earning less than you’re worth. And that doesn’t add up. 

Often for-profit schools are more expensive than public universities. Why spend more on a degree that will ultimately earn you less? 

An Education That Just Makes Sense

Chances are you've heard this one before: “You can be admitted in less than 24 hours!” 

It's the promise of nearly every for-profit college. Yes, being able to start classes right away is super convenient.  

But the truth is that a degree from a for-profit will cost you much more and earn you a lot less—even if it cuts your wait time for admission. 

Get treated like a person, not a number. Because that only makes sense.

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