Q: Is a college education
worth the expense?

A: Absolutely. It is one of the best investments you can make.

For example, the average student debt of a K-State graduate is $27,198, which is equivalent to the cost of a new Ford Taurus. The car will last about 10 years, but the college degree will bring benefits for a lifetime. A college education prepares people not just for their first job, but for their fourth and fifth job as well. Attending college teaches students how to think, not what to think. While they do receive training in their specified fields, the most important skills they gain are critical thinking, problem solving, relationship building, how to present themselves professionally, and how to intelligently and thoughtfully discuss issues with people of varying opinions and backgrounds. As technology and jobs change and evolve, these skills make a person marketable for their entire life.

Kansas State University has been recognized as providing the best return on investment in the state of Kansas. For the fourth year in row, the national study SmartAsset found K-State is the best education value in Kansas. The study measures tuition, living costs, average scholarships and grants, starting salary upon graduation and retention rates of 10 Kansas schools to determine the state’s best value schools. SmartAsset is a financial data and technology company. 

How philanthropy supports education affordability

Scholarships and other forms of student support provided by generous donors help make a college education more affordable for many K-State students and their families. They also provide opportunities for enhanced learning experiences in and out of the classroom.

“Students in the College of Architecture, Planning and Design learn and develop a tremendous work ethic and graduate with a set of skills that can be applied in any number of professions. It was my education at K-State that gave me the base to build my professional career, and it was my experience at K-State that taught me the importance of community.” – Kurt Thompson ’01 graduate in architecture

Value of higher education is undeniable

Sources: National Association of College and University Business Officers (nacubo.org), Lumina Foundation (luminafoundation.org), Kansas Board of Regents (kansasregents.org).

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