The cost of dropping out for a student
Dropouts are more likely to be unemployed. 48% of high school dropouts were unemployed in 2010.
· Of those who do find work, the average annual salary is approximately $13,400, less than half the yearly wage of a person with an Associate Degree, 27% less than high school graduates, and a college graduate will earn, on average, $1 million more than a high school dropout
· On average, a high school graduate lives 6-9 years longer than a dropout.
· Dropouts are more likely to live near or below the poverty level. 58% are likely to rely on public assistance
· Dropouts experience increased drug use and alcoholism.
· Dropouts are more likely to have trouble with the law. 80% of those in jail are high school dropouts.
· In a significantly changed economy, few dropouts will ever afford to own their home.
· High school dropouts are less likely to marry and more likely to get a divorce.
· 43% of families headed by a high school dropout will experience hunger.
· Even more tragic, their children are more likely to become high school dropouts hemselves, as are their children’s children, and so on, in a possibly endless cycle of poverty.