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February 25, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Washington study: College grads make 20 percent more than high-school grads

It’s widely accepted that earning a bachelor’s degree will boost a person’s earnings potential over a lifetime. But how quickly does it pay off?

A new Washington study shows that in the first two years after graduation, students who earned a bachelor’s degree made about 20 percent more than those with only a high-school diploma.

Perhaps not surprisingly, women fared worse than men in the study. Two years after graduation, a woman with a bachelor’s degree only made about as much as a man with a high-school diploma.

The report comes from the state Education Research and Data Center, which keeps data on academic performance from pre-kindergarten through graduate school.

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