In the short run: Full-time workers age 25 and over without a high school diploma had median weekly earnings of $465 compared with $630 for high school graduates with no college, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last year.
Workers with bachelor's degrees had earnings of $1,031, and those with advanced degrees, $1,332.
In the long run: Past government studies have pegged the lifetime difference in earnings between a high school graduate and a college graduate as $900,000, and a professional degree almost doubles the projected income of that of a college graduate.
Meanwhile, the Project on Student Debt said the average student loan debt in Oregon is over $21,000.
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