Is A College Degree Still A Good Investment?

Ciearra Jefferson celebrates her graduation with her class after President Barack Obama delivered the Howard University's commencement speech during the 2016 Howard University graduation ceremony in Washington, Saturday, May 7, 2016.   Obama says the country is "a better place today" than when he graduated from college more than 30 years ago, citing his historic election as "one indicator of how attitudes have changed." ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Ciearra Jefferson celebrates her graduation with her class after President Barack Obama delivered the Howard University’s commencement speech during the 2016 Howard University graduation ceremony in Washington, Saturday, May 7, 2016. Obama says the country is “a better place today” than when he graduated from college more than 30 years ago, citing his historic election as “one indicator of how attitudes have changed.” ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Investing in college: is it still worth it? Stagnant wage growth and the looming burden of student loan debt makes that proposition, once a foregone conclusion, more hotly debated than ever. However, the fact remains that a person with a college education, on average, still commands a higher income than a person without a college degree.

The difference, according to former college administrator Zach Rinkins, is that what was once practically automatic—that investing in college will pay off with a well-paying career—now requires strategy and planning to realize, beginning in high school. Rinkins, author of a new book, I Am College Material!: Your Guide To Unlimited College, Career, And Life Success, offers the following advice.

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