The Benefits of a Degree

A bachelor’s degree is an investment in your future and in the community.

Education Pays

A graduate with a bachelor’s degree tends to earn approximately $10,000 a year more than a person with some college or an associate’s degree. This average annual earning difference, which increases lifetime earnings, is true nationally and for Hawaiʻi. Additionally, if you suffer a job loss, having a bachelor’s degree makes you more employable.

US Median Income Earnings bar graph

Employment Benefits

Many jobs require employees to continue learning. Beyond teaching facts and skills, college builds critical thinking skills. Completing your bachelor’s degree shows initiative and tenacity, traits often valued in employees. Ask your supervisor if completing your bachelor’s degree would help you to receive an increase in salary and/or promotions. Your increased job satisfaction can affect happiness at home, as well.

National Unemployment Rate bar graph (2016, 2019, Dec. 2020)

Other Individual and Societal Benefits

Children of parents with bachelor’s degrees benefit from social and economic mobility. With increased household income, parents tend to spend more time and money on education and enrichment activities involving their children, starting them on the path to success in adulthood. Workers with higher levels of educational attainment live healthier lifestyles and are more likely than others to be covered by employer-provided health insurance. Civic involvement also tends to increase.