Statistics of a College Dropout

Seventy percent of Americans will study at a four-year college, but less than 2/3 will graduate. The #1 reason they drop out: being unable to balance school, jobs and family.

The financial impact of dropping out of college is staggering as well. Those with only a high school diploma will earn 84% less than their peers with a four-year degree and are twice as likely to be unemployed. In fact, a college education has more return on investment for a graduate in the United States than any other nation.

For more facts on the costs of dropping out of college, see’s latest infographic, Statistics of a College Dropout.


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