Facts to Consider
Are you evaluating an investment in MiraCosta College? Here are some facts to consider about the role of community colleges. Click here to download the full brochure (PDF) with more information about how a gift to MiraCosta College will benefit not only students, but our entire community:
- Providing Access to Higher Education. Research shows that those who transfer from a community college to a four-year college or university earn grade point averages equal to or higher than students who start as freshmen at four-year institutions.
- Educating a Majority of California's Undergraduates. Thirty percent of the state's residents, ages 18 to 24, are enrolled in a community college. A third of the graduates from the University of California system and two-thirds of California State University system graduates transferred from community colleges. More than half of the California military veterans receiving G.I. Bill educational benefits attend a community college.
- Investing in Education Pays. Community colleges serve the state's lowest-income students. Investing in this population's education helps the economy because just a 2% increase in the share of the population with an associate's degree, combined with a 1% increase in the share with a bachelor's degree, results in $20 billion in additional economic input, $1.2 billion more in state and local tax revenues annually, and 174,000 new jobs.
- Community Benefits. For every dollar California invests in student education, its economy receives a $3 return. Students who earn a degree or certificate see an 86% increase in their wages three years after earning their degree.