June 22, 2024

Study: Community college access linked to higher earnings, health benefits

Author: Ray Schroeder
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By Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
Having more community colleges per capita increases the chances that students will complete high school and graduate from college, according to a new working paper.  It is also linked with higher earnings, especially among white and Hispanic people, and a slew of positive health behaviors, including an increase in the frequency of exercise and a lower chance of smoking. The findings come as federal and state policymakers debate whether to lower or eliminate tuition for community colleges in order to boost their enrollment.


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