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The Importance of College to Your Child's Future

"Why do I have to go to college?"

You are sure to hear this from your student at least once. Have your answers ready in terms they can understand.

  • A college education will get you a better job and then help you keep it.

  • College graduates earn more money-even a two-year degree makes a difference in income.

  • College gives you a good start in life (general knowledge makes you a more interesting person!).

Examples of
Jobs You Can
Get With a
Two-Year Degree
Examples of
Jobs You Can
Get With a
Four-Year Degree
Examples of
Jobs You Can
Get With a
Postgraduate Degree

Computer Technician Computer Systems Analyst Scientist

Registered Nurse Pharmacist Doctor

Commercial Artist Graphic Designer Architect

Auto Mechanic FBI Agent Lawyer

Surveyor Engineer Zoologist

Source: Information from U.S. Department of Education.

Geometry and algebra are key. According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Education, 71 percent of low-income students who took geometry in middle school went to college. Getting a solid grounding in math frees you up to take physics, trigonometry, and other Advanced Placement courses in high school.

Make sure your student is taking and working hard to pass math, English, science, and history. Consider taking computer science classes, and don't neglect the arts. Middle school is the perfect opportunity to plan for the next six years and beyond, since you now have a choice of classes.

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From Say Yes To College: A Practical and Inspirational Guide to Raising College-Bound Kids by Sharon Chandler and Elizabeth Crane. Copyright ฉ 2005. Used by arrangement with Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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