The Value of a Bryan Education
With the media spotlighting skyrocketing student loans and questioning whether a liberal arts degree will help graduates find a good job, students and parents are asking important questions that deserve answers:
Consider These Facts
- Christian College Soildifies Faith. The results of nearly 25 years of research consistently reveal that those who do not attend a Christ-centered college will experience a decline in religious values, attitudes, and behaviors during college.2
- College Contributes to Becoming a Thriving Adult. "People with higher levels of education are more likely to have rewarding jobs, more likely to exercise regularly, less likely to smoke, more likely to be active voters and volunteers, and more likely to engage in activities with their children....College graduates become more productive workers, pay higher taxes and depend less on social support networks."3
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- Loan Comparison Data Points to Affordability of Bryan. "The average debt accumulation among those who do borrow is about $27,000, almost the same as the average new car loan, according to the Federal Reserve."4 Bryan graduates' average debt is $10,551.5 See more loan data here.
- Impact on Lifetime Earnings. The average lifetime earnings difference between a high school and bachelor's degree graduate over the course of one's lifetime ranges from $650,0006 to $1,000,000.7 The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides further earnings comparisons based on level of education here.
1 "Six Reasons Young People Leave the Church: Barna President David Kinnaman Examines the Trend, Leadership Journal, 23 January 2012.
2 Steve Henderson, "A Question of Price Versus Cost." Christian College Guide.
3 Morton Schapiro, et al. "Fact and Fiction about Getting a College Education." Chicago Tribune, 3 March 2013.
5 College Scorecard website.
6 D'Vera Cohn, "Lifetime Earnings of College Graduates." Pew Research Social & Demographic Trends, 16 May 2011.
7 "Lifetime Earnings: College Graduates Still Earn More," National Association of College and University Business Officers, 18 October 2012.