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Survey: More Americans feel college is not a worthwhile investment

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - A survey from Country Financial says 52 percent of Americans think college is not a worthwhile investment.

With college debt currently the highest form of debt in the U.S., more Americans feel college is setting students up for failure, according to the survey.   Director of Admissions Billy Schaffer at John Wood Community College says the investment in a higher income alone makes it worth while.

"It really sets them up for lifelong success," Schaffer said. "That really goes into earning more money. Even with an Associate's Degree, you will earn 10 to 20 thousand dollars per year more than leaving high school. So just having a two year education will benefit you in that regards."

Schaffer says that students can apply for grants to offset student debt, as well as explore options of community college or career and technical programs.

The new survey says 78 percent of Americans think it's harder for graduate to find employment that makes them financially independent.

Kelsey Harrison graduated from John Wood and is now a student at Western Illinois University. She says she would not have been for prepared for adult life if it weren't for her education.

"Just within my last three years, I've learned certain things like how to write a paper a certain way to make yourself more professional or things you can't learn by going straight into a job," Harrison said. "It's things that you can prepare yourself better to walk into a job and say I know how to do this."

Harrison says that students need to research more about the job they want to make sure they choose the right college path for them.

In the Country Financial survey, 58 percent of students also they would take a low paying job rather than wait for one matching their skills. Schaffer says rushing into a job with low pay could make that financial debt be a bigger issue.
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