US survey finds that those without a degree see PSE as necessary but too expensive

April 22, 2015

A new report from the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) suggests that for Americans without degrees, PSE is seen as being important but not affordable. AEI surveyed 1,500 people in the US who did not have degrees. 84% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that some form of PSE was necessary in order to get a good job. However, 43% said that they were satisfied with their own level of education. 60% agreed or strongly agreed that PSE was worth the cost, though high cost was cited as the top reason why people did not enrol in college. The study also suggested that respondents did not have a good understanding of the actual cost of college; 51% overestimated the cost and 28% were unable to provide any estimate at all. The Chronicle of Higher Education | Full Report