BiggerPockets Money Podcast

For those who have money… or want more of it!Join Mindy Jensen and Scott Trench (from weekly for the BiggerPockets Money Podcast. Each week, financial experts Mindy and Scott interview unique and powerful thought leaders about how to earn more, keep more, spend smarter, and grow wealth.


episode 251: Is College Worth the Cost? This 30,000 Variable Study Says "Sometimes..."

Is college worth it? For the first time in history, we may have a definitive answer to whether or not your specific degree and school choice provides a positive ROI. We know that ROI isn’t the only thing that matters when choosing a degree, but when looking at higher education through a financial independence lens, it’s definitely the highest value.

Looking through census, employment, and Department of Education data is number crunching crusader, Preston Cooper. Preston and his team over at The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity put together the most extensive research on college degree ROI ever created. Preston’s findings allow you to parse through over 30,000 degrees and school choices so you (or your child) can make the best decision on where to get a bachelor's degree.

Preston discusses the discrepancies between nonprofit and for-profit university degrees, whether or not high-cost schools equal a higher payday through life, and why even going to Harvard doesn’t secure a high ROI. Want to know the true value of your degree? Tune in and check out Preston’s full study!

In This Episode We Cover

How much you could benefit, in general, from getting an undergraduate degree

The degrees that have the highest lifetime ROI

Degrees that offer little-to-no or negative financial benefit

Whether investing in real estate or a college degree is more worth it 

The biggest criticisms of Preston’s study and how he combats them 

Dave, Mindy, and Scott’s ROI on their respective degrees 

And So Much More!

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 2021-11-22  1h18m