By CAROL TRAUPMAN-CARR | Moravian University
March 31, 2023 at 7:30 a.m.

Oprah Winfrey. Presidents Nixon, Carter, Clinton, Obama. Walt Disney. Gen. Colin Powell. Viola Davis. Albert Einstein. Justices Marshall, Sotomayor, Thomas, Ginsberg. Michelle Kwan. Carol Traupman-Carr.

What do these people have in common?

They were all first-generation college students: People who went to college but whose parents did not or did not finish a bachelor’s degree.

The return on investment of a college education has been under question for a long time, and the scrutiny continues.  Compared with stocks, bonds or other investments, the ROI for college takes place over decades. That can be hard for a first-gen student to understand, but the patience required is worth it.

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