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Community Colleges Benefit Students and the Economy


February 25, 2014


Community Colleges Benefit Students and the Economy

The U.S. economy gained more than $800 billion in added income in 2012 from community college alumni employed in the U.S. workforce, according to a recent publication from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). Student return on investment was $4.80 and taxpayer return on investment was $6.80 for every dollar spent on community college education.

The report also found that U.S. community colleges had a total effect on the U.S. economy of $809 billion in 2012, which is about 5.4 percent of the nation's Gross Domestic Product, and that the U.S. gains a present value of $1.1 trillion in added income over the course of community college students' working careers.

Learn more and download related fact sheets at www.aacc.nche.edu/About/Pages/economicimpactstudy.aspx.

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