Why is higher education so important? Consider these potential benefits: • College offers students the opportunity to broaden their horizons with new people, ideas, and experiences. • College graduates earn more, on average, than those with only a high school diploma. • College-educated adults are more likely to be employed, even during hard economic times. • College can foster lifelong learning and civic participation, enhancing personal and professional growth. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021 For many Americans, college is a dream, a goal, and a family responsibility.