New research shows that, depending on the field, it’s not worth your top dollar to go to a top-dollar school for four years, says the USA Today.

College Measures recently published a report by Mark Schneider that shows more often than not those who simply have a two-year degree from a technical school or community college will have higher first year earnings than their four-year counterparts. “In Texas, new graduates from technical associate's degree programs earned average salaries more than $11,000 higher than those for graduates with bachelor's degrees. In Colorado, graduates with associate degrees in applied sciences out-earned their counterparts with bachelor's degrees by more than $7,000 and in Virginia by more than $2,000.”

Another finding from the study was that higher tuition doesn’t automatically transfer over to higher wages. “In Colorado, first-year earnings for graduates of Colorado State University's flagship campus in Fort Collins averaged $36,777, slightly lower than the average $37,726 earned by graduates of CSU's Pueblo campus. Tuition at the Fort Collins campus this fall for state residents is $7,494, compared with $4,894 at Pueblo.”

Read more about the report on the College Measures website.

Freeman Stevenson is a Snow College grad and a writer for the Opinion section. Email Freeman at