Missouri College Grad Rates Below U.S. Average

1 decade 2 years 2 weeks ago Friday, October 27 2006 Oct 27, 2006 Friday, October 27, 2006 8:58:18 PM CDT October 27, 2006 in News
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WASHINGTON - Missouri is slightly above average when it comes to high-school graduation rates but is below the national norm when it comes to higher education. The Census Bureau reported 85.5% of Missouri residents at least 25 years old have a high school diploma, compared to 85% nationally. But only 25% have at least a bachelor's degree, while the national percentage is 28%. A government report released Thursday showed the average earning gap between adults with bachelor's degrees and those with high school diplomas is $23,000 a year. Nationwide, college grads made an average of $51,000 a year in 2004, compared with $28,000 for adults with only a high school diploma. High school dropouts earned an average of $19,000 annually, while people with advanced college degrees made $78,000.

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