The Fed report reveals that the income of 25 percent of all Americans with a four-year degree is roughly the same as the average for those with just a high school diploma.

Do the Benefits of College Still Outweigh the Costs?

This suggests, say the authors, “that the economic benefit of a college education is relatively small for at least a quarter of those graduating with a bachelor’s degree.” They’re talking about 14 of the aforementioned 55 graduates.

Those 14 graduates, plus the 45 dropouts, mean that 59 percent of incoming public university freshman eventually fail to gain a financial upside for their investment. Just 41 percent of them “win” that bet, and the College Board says average annual tuition at the nation’s public universities is nearly $9,000 (or $36,000 for four years.) As noted, the chance of winning a lucky bet on a college football game is 50 percent, nine full percentage points higher than winning the tuition bet, but with immediate returns and no homework.

MY NEW BABIES ARE HERE! thanks so much to kawaiiplushlove for being super helpful, and for the adorable freebie (benj has already claimed it as his own).

I’m soooo excited. I’m just starting out collecting, so the prince is my first kids series and the rainbow is my first 16cm. :3 the prince’s name is Roi, pronounced like Roy (so we get the double play on words with Roi being king/ruler in French and Roy standing for Royal) and he’s the younger brother of the big brown heartful he’s standing in front of, who’s already been established as the crown prince of a faraway land. I’m not sure about a name for the rainbow yet (suggestions are welcome!!) but I love them both so much :3