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The ROI of college education

(Don’t show this to your kids!)

The phrase “ROI” assumes a ‘financial’ perspective.

From a life enrichment perspective, the more the education the better (upto one advanced degree).

If you are in it for the money, the ROI’s not so good.

I ran a spreadsheet simulation with the following assumptions:

If my calculations are correct, at the beginning of their 66th year, the total ‘equity’ of each is as follows:

Never mind where the numbers in the assumption come from.  Do your own research and feel free to tweak the assumptions and see what you get. It is tempting to conclude that more education = less money.

While that may be generally true (the numbers don’t lie), there’s obviously more to life than making money, though that message won’t resonate well with most folks these days.

The calculations above are purely mechanical and assume a ‘steady state.’  They don’t take into account:

Education really should be a ‘values’ and ‘life enrichment’ argument, not a purely financial one.


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