Roethlisberger Graduates From College
When Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback
Ben Roethlisberger graduated from Miami University in May 2012 he said he
felt it was important to finish his classes and complete his bachelors
degree in education to show the value of getting a college education. Many
people think the value of a college education is strictly financial,
however, you will see that there are multiple reasons to follow Ben's
example and earn a college degree.
Roethlisberger had left Miami University to join the NFL before he
finished his degree.
Yahoo! Sports stated that he was 4 classes short when
he left but over the last several years has completed those last classes.
It is not uncommon for college football players to leave school prior to
completing their degree in order to join the NFL, but some of them still
see the value of a degree and go back to finish their courses. Another Steeler,
Troy Polamalu, announced on his website in May of 2011 that he
had finished his studies at the University of Southern California and had
received a diploma. Many athletes go on to other jobs after retiring from
their game so we will see how Roethlisberger and Polamalu utilize their
degrees when they are finished with football.
Benefits of a college degree.
Someone considering college may ask is the cost of college really worth
it? Attending college means you may take on tuition related debt or forego
wages during the time you are in school. Many sources will tell you that
the lifetime earning potential of a college graduate is higher than those
without a degree, however, there are other benefits as well.
-You are less likely to lose your job during a
-A better understanding of your chosen line of work.
-There is a correlation between higher levels of education and higher
earnings for all racial/ethnic groups and for both men and women.
-College graduates have lower smoking rates, more positive perceptions of
personal health, and lower incarceration rates than individuals who have
not graduated from college.
-The income gap between high school graduates and college graduates has
increased significantly over time.
-The young children of college graduates display higher levels of school
readiness indicators than children of non graduates.
-Census Bureau estimates suggest that in terms of today’s dollars, college
graduates will earn an average of about $2.5 million, or about $1 million
dollars more over their working lives than
high school graduates.
-You're more likely to have employer provided health insurance.
-Lower blood pressure and stress.
-More likely to be promoted into higher paying positions.
Some ways to pay for college
-Work directly for the college or university.
-Work for an employer with a tuition assistance program.
-Join the military reserves.
-Use the Job Corps.
-Apply for an educational grant through the unemployment office.
-American Opportunity Tax Credit
-Lifetime Learning Education Credit
Salary Expectations By Education Level
The average salary someone can expect to earn without a high school
education is $21,000.00 per year, compared to a high school graduate who
makes 50% more at $31,000.00 per year. Knowing about the potential 50%
jump in pay may be an incentive to get many kids to complete their studies
and graduate from high school. Education is not the only thing that will
allow someone to earn more at work, but it certainly proves to be a major
Unemployment Rate By Education Level
However, when you dig into the average unemployment rate and consider
education level you find even worse news for those without a high school
diploma. These seasonally adjusted numbers are listed as of August 2011:
Unemployment rate for those with no high school diploma: 13.1%
Unemployment rate for those with a high school diploma: 9.5%
Unemployment rate for those with some college: 8.4%
Unemployment rate for those with a college diploma: 4.4%
Source: July 2012 Bureau of Labor Statistics,
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