We put a premium on college for a good reason - it's not just about jobs
Going to college is expensive - even if you're one of the 50pc of students on higher education grants - but it's still worthwhile getting a third-level qualification. And it's not just because of your greater earning power.
Of course, there are exceptions and too many drop out but those who stay the course generally do well in later and longer lives.
Just how well and for how long has been shown over the years in research from the Paris-based think thank, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).