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Opportunity News: The Costs and Benefits of College; a Rough Road for Millenials

by Opportunity Nation   •  

Opportunity Nation shares key stories that explore opportunity-related issues in powerful, provocative ways. Many of these articles and op-eds include new data and research on key economic, educational, social and civic factors that affect upward mobility and community well-being.

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Higher Education

Stories about higher education dominated the news this week. Some highlights:

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) proposes overhauling higher ed, including income-based terms for repaying student loans and new standards for accrediting free online courses.

According to a new study by the Pew Research Center, The Rising Cost of Not Going to College, found that millennial college graduates ages 25 to 32 who work full time earn $17,500 more a year than young Americans with only a high school diploma.

New York Times Editorial Board argues that as helpful and important as college degrees are in helping Americans attain economic stability and mobility, they are not enough to create more good-paying jobs and increase incomes.

Youth Unemployment

Sobering piece in The Atlantic about just how tough young Americans have it: Indisputable evidence that Millennials have it worse than any generation in 50 years.

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