Maybe you’re the first in your family to go to college. Maybe you’re worried about the cost of tuition. Or maybe the thought of more years of schoolwork is overwhelming. If any of these ring true, you might be wondering, “Is college worth it?”

In a word: YES.

College is an investment.

Consider this: most college graduates earn twice as much in their lifetime as high school graduates. And in general, the more education you get after high school, the more money you earn.

College is the most valuable investment you can make in your future. Remember: an investment in college is an investment in yourself.

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College can inspire you and make you a more well-rounded person.

College can spark your curiosity and ignite a love of learning that lasts a lifetime. In college you will explore subjects in greater depth than you ever did in high school and have the freedom to choose your own courses and class schedule. You will also meet people from diverse backgrounds and cultures who will help you gain a broader understanding of the world.

But college is about much more than course work. A campus is its own world, and getting involved in that world is the best way to get the most out of your college experience. Students can design and publish newspapers, run for student government, play sports, volunteer, teach and help others learn, and more. The list goes on. And you don’t have to live on campus to be involved in campus life and activities.

College helps you develop into a responsible and independent adult. But you’re not entirely on your own: colleges offer many kinds of help to make the transition from high school to college, such as tutoring and academic advising as well as mental health counseling and other support services.