Top 10 benefits of a college degree

A college degree pays off financially and intangibly for the graduate – and for society at large, says a report from the College Board. Here are 10 top benefits:

10. Better-prepared kids

Patrick G. Ryan / NEA / Feature Photo Service / File
First graders Marcela Gonzales and Keily Rubio at John Quincy Adams Elementary School in Washington, D.C., read Seuss classic "The Cat in the Hat" in this file photo from March, 2007.

Parents with advanced degrees are three times more likely to read to their kids every day than parents who haven’t finished high school, and twice as likely to participate in other educational activities like visiting museums and libraries.

The payoff? Children of highly educated parents are three times more likely to start school already knowing their alphabet and how to count to 20.

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