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Is College Worth It?

OPB | May 19, 2011 9:06 a.m. | Updated: Sept. 10, 2013 10:07 p.m.

A recent Pew study found that three out of four Americans feel that college is not affordable. Many also say even if they can afford it, a college education doesn’t provide good value for the money.

Yet almost all parents say they expect their kids to go to college. Adults with different levels of education say people who’ve been to college earn a better living. And a majority of recent four year college grads say their higher education helped them grow intellectually and prepare for work.

So - college, yes or no? What questions does this survey raise for you? Are you in school? Do you have student loans? How did you afford college? Were you able to find a job after college to pay back any student loans? Are you gainfully employed without the benefits — or bills — of college?

Editor’s Note: This show will be broadcast live from a journalism conference put on by the University of Oregon at its Turnbull Center in Portland. The event is free and open to the public, but preregistration with the Turnbull Center is required.

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