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A College Education Pays

August 10, 2015  |  Georgia Budget & Policy Institute
The information provided here is for informational and educational purposes and does not necessarily reflect the opinion and/or policy position of the Georgia Municipal Association.

In Georgia, a person with a college education earns more than two and half times more than a person without a high school diploma. 


A recent report from the Georgia Budget & Policy Institute (GBPI) on adult education in Georgia shows that not having a high-school diploma or GED has a profound impact on an inidividual's income. 
 

Georgians without a high school diploma or GEDtypically earn $19,172 per year, according to the U.S. Census and are locked out of the opportunity to contribute more to the state’s economy and improve their quality of life. These working adults are also restricted from providing more resources for their families. More than one in four low-income working families with children includes a parent who does not have a high school diploma or its equivalent.3 Educating these adults is critical to mitigating poverty in Georgia, the nation’s fifth poorest state. 

Other findings in the report are:
 
  • Nearly 866,000 Georgians ages 18 to 64 do not have a high school diploma or GED.
  • The state will need 250,000 additional graduates with a certificate, associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree or higher to meet its workforce needs by 2020.
  • At nearly 14 percent, Georgia has the ninth highest share of adults ages 18 to 64 without a high school diploma or its equivalent. 
  • High school graduates earn an estimated $260,000 more over their lifetimes and pay $60,000 more in taxes than adults without a high school diploma or equivalent.
More information can be found in GBPI's policy report, Improved Adult Education Support Critical to Georgia’s Bottom Line