By 2020, 62 percent of all jobs will require education beyond high school. Currently, 42 percent of Wisconsinites hold an associates degree or higher.
The median annual wages of college graduates (ages 25-59) are $61,000 compared to $36,000 for high school graduates
Over a lifetime, graduates from four-year colleges earn $1 million more than high school graduates.
The Wisconsin Grant maximum award has not increased since 2006.
The number of students applying to WAICU members, WTCS, or UW System, whose families could not contribute toward their higher education was 82,080, or about 37 percent of all applicants.
Nationally, 77 percent of adults from families in the top income quartile earned at least a bachelor’s degree by the time they turned 24. But only 9 percent of people from the lowest income quartile did the same.