Why Go to College?

Here's What Supportive Adults Can Do

A college degree can provide your student with many more opportunities in life. 

More Money

Studies show that in 2009, young adults with a four-year bachelor's degree earned more than twice as much as those who dropped out of high school. Four-year college graduates earned 50 percent more than those who went only to high school; and 25 percent more than students who earned a two-year associate's degree.

More Job Opportunities

Today, more jobs rely on new technology requiring more general knowledge and specialized skill. In your student's future, most jobs will require education beyond high school. With a college education, your student will have many more jobs from which to choose.

More Potential

A college education helps increase understanding of our world, our nation and our own communities. College helps students discover new areas of knowledge, develop new interests, create new lifelong goals and become responsible citizens.

More Knowledge

A college education increases your student's ability to understand developments in science and in society, to think abstractly and critically, to express thoughts clearly in speech and in writing and make wise decisions — skills that are useful both on and off the job.

Your student may not realize now how important going to college is, but you can help by sharing your own hopes and dreams for them. Let your student know that, although they will make the final decision whether or not to go, you will be there to help and support them along the way to college.

You can help in the decision-making process by learning about all aspects of college yourself and sharing what you learn with your child. 


Guide your Child Towards the Path to College

  • Tell your student today that he or she IS college material.

  • Encourage your student to think about college today.

  • Make sure your student knows that you'll be supportive every step of the way.

  • Tell your student that college is an investment that will provide them with a better life.
  • Use this web site and hesc.ny.gov to guide you through the process.

Youth In Care Corner

Did you know College graduates earn $1 million more than a high school graduate over a lifetime.

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