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10 THINGS FOR YOU TO CONSIDER ABOUT TRAINING FOR YOUR CAREER From a young age, many people are taught that if you want to have a high paying job and good career, you need to go to college. Often it is something parents, grandparents and closest relatives insisted on, even though it may not have been their career paths. It is championed as the best way to create a better life. COLLEGE PRICE TAG $30,000 Average cost of a 4-year degree from a state college $20,000 Average debt a college student has after graduation $1 TRILLION the collective American student loan debt HEFTY PRICE TAG borrow it from private or government programs that issue student loans. But student loans leave college graduates an average of $20,000 in debt; an amount that continues to grow until the loan is paid. Collectively, Americans now have $1 trillion in student loan debt. While nearly anyone can attend college, it comes with a hefty price tag. The average family income in the United States grew 147% in the years between 1982 and 2007, but the cost of college grew by a staggering 440% in that same period. The average cost of a four-year degree from a state school is now $30,000. Since most American families do not have $30,000 proposed readily With all the to blame the economic available to spend, college the opportunity a recession as the reason majority education is supposed to graduates are having bring, only half of all college difficulty finding jobs in graduates had a full-time job their fields, the reality is in 2011 and open positions that more than employers advertise but 6 million graduates cannot have not filled has doubled pay back their student loans. from 1,900,000 jobs in June While many would like to 2009 to 3,900,000 vacant MONEY WELL SPENT? 50% Number of college graduates that had full-time jobs in 2011. Over 6 Million College graduates cannot pay back their student loans