Is College Worth the Cost?
Looking to get a return on your investment in college?
Check out our College Expense or Investment Calculator!
Our database of over 30,000 bachelor's degrees shows you
- the ROI for each major and college
- when your degree's ROI will turn positive
- the lifetime ROI on your degree.
Before you sign those commitment papers, make sure to check use this calculator.
How to Use the College Expense or Investment Calculator
To use the database below, use the Search bar to enter the college or major you are interested in. *Note - you must spell out the college name. Abbreviations will not work.
Once you have found your college or major, you can sort by clicking the column heading.
Look for colleges where the 5-year graduation rate is 70% or better. Anything less than the national average of 63.8% should be concerning.
10 years is the goal for your return on investment to turn positive. Look for colleges & a degree with a positive ROI by 33. The national average is 44 for a positive ROI.
20 years is the future outlook of possible jobs to determine if the college & major selected will become an investment or an expense.
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