Education can have a substantial impact throughout our lives and touches just about every aspect of our being include health and marriage. According to Princeton University economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton, men and women who do not go to college live shorter, less healthy lives and continue to lose ground against their more educated countrymen.
We know that life can be stressful but pain, stress, unemployment, and social dysfunction seem to take a toll on those who didn't get an education. They are slowed by their economic environment and their stress levels begin to rise.
There is also the problem of consistent healthcare. When you are working menial jobs, or are not fully employed, you don't have the same access to healthcare and this can add up to a shorter life. Neglecting check ups and not having money for procedures can lead to serious illness.
The comparison can be profound. For those between 50-54 without a bachelors degree mortality is 867 per 100,000 versus 243 for those with a bachelors degree. This is almost a 3X difference in survival rates.
Higher education is becoming a must in today's high technology world where people need college to complete everyday tasks. This doesn't mean that a person can't move into a skilled trade but there is a level of education that goes with it that can be helpful. Helping people attend college can improve people's lives in many different arenas.