Earnings gap widening for college grads

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Updated: 2/13/2014 3:10 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- A new study shows young adults without a high school diploma are earning half of what college graduates do. Local educators warn the gap may only get bigger in years to come.

A recent report by the Pew Research Center shows young adults with just a high school diploma earn 48% less than young adults with Bachelor's degrees. High school counselors say it is becoming more important to educate students about the Financial Aid that is available, so the cost of going to college isn't so daunting.

"It is nature of the beast, said Wooster High School Counselor Erin Danielsen. "A lot of our kids have to take on a full-time job, and squeeze school in. Sometimes, school takes a backseat to their priorities and their needs. So, we try to encourage them to try and find a balance."

Danielsen says the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) was just released, and counselors across the district are working to get students signed up as soon as possible. Students can find the online application here.
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Breckenridge - 2/13/2014 4:10 PM
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Of interest and in fairness, how much debt have the college graduates shouldered themselves with and how does amortizing it factor into net income...?

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