Study shows widening gap between college grads and non-grads

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A new Pew study released Tuesday highlights the increasing costs of not graduating from college in today’s economy. The earnings gap between college graduates and those without degrees is the highest it’s been in 48 years, according to the AP; meanwhile, the inflation-adjusted earnings for a typical high-school graduate fell from $31,384 in 1965 to $28,000 in 2013.

Young adults who hold just a high-school diploma make 62 percent of what their peers with four-year degrees earn, according to the study. Here are a few graphs that illustrate more findings from the Pew report:

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