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The high cost of dropping out (of College)

by Esther J. Cepeda, Published: June 19 

CHICAGO — If there’s one thing public policy researchers fear, it’s that they’ll share a finding with the potential to oversimplify a complex, wide-ranging issue.

Such has been the case with a recent Brookings Institution blog post — “Is Starting College and Not Finishing Really That Bad?” — by Michael Greenstone and Adam Looney.

It has inspired news coverage topped with headlines such as “Even for dropouts, college pays” and “Dropping out of college isn’t worst-case scenario.”

A more accurate description is: Dropping out isn’t the worst-case scenario under the best of circumstances, but you still want to avoid it if you can. READ MORE

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