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The Bookshelf: June 25, 2015

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights Will College Pay Off?

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WILL COLLEGE PAY OFF? A Guide to the Most Important Financial Decision You'll Ever Make

by Peter Cappelli

Cappelli astutely examines the enduring relevance of a college degree despite problematic funding and postgraduate employment issues. In dense chapters full of illuminating statistical and survey data, the author reports on the affordability and effectiveness of a college degree, directing his assessment to benefit future students and their families. As he notes, astronomical tuitions figure greatly into the equation, as American college costs run about four times higher than in other countries, making the decision to attend a postsecondary school an increasingly risky one. Cappelli also examines the variation in degreed students who fail to achieve success in the postgraduate employment marketplace and those who become overwhelmed by the financial burden.

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