* the degrees are screamingly cheap ($5,000 or so on average)
* associate’s degrees offer immediate, huge benefits over a high school education
* credit sometimes transfers to 4 year institutions
Academically prepared students who can afford the opportunity cost of not working for four years probably should get a bachelor’s degree in a decent-paying field, the article advises.
Given how cheap degrees and loans are, there is no reason to forgo the difference in wages between a BA in Computer Engineering ($100,000 or more) and an AA in Physical Therapy ($33,000) just to save on the cost of the degree.
But don’t borrow $97,000 for a degree in gender and religious studies and expect to make enough to pay back student loans and have money left over for two or three meals a day.
Here’s more on the best-paying careers with an associate degree, a bachelor’s degree and up.