Keep up with rising college costs

The increasing importance of a college education is matched by increasing cost. A surprising sum will be needed to finance this long-term investment, but you can be ready by saving early with CollegeCounts. Find out how much you might need with our free college savings planner.

Projected cost of 4 year college in 2022 chart

Source: The College Board, “Trends in College Pricing,” 2022.
*Includes tuition, fees, and room and board. Assumes an average college cost inflation rate of 5%.

Value of a college degree

Today’s job market is more competitive than ever before, placing a premium on a college degree. Higher education provides an edge while opening up more career options and increasing earning potential. In fact, lifetime earnings for those with a college education can add up to more than a million dollars in additional income.

Median Weekly Earnings of Full-Time Workers

Median Weekly Earnings, 2023 chart

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Economic News Release (3rd Quarter 2023 Averages —October 18, 2023)