You probably already know that a college degree can improve your life and open new career doors. Degree holders boast much lower unemployment rates, and earn more. In 2018, bachelor’s degree holders had median weekly earnings of $1,198, compared to $730 among high school graduates and $802 for people with some college under their belt. That means that, compared to a diploma, a degree offers $24,000 more in annual earnings. Over a lifetime, that adds up to hundreds of thousands of dollars.