Leading article: University pays

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The Independent Online

This week's OECD report, Education at a Glance, shows that it still pays to take a degree and defer earning while you pile up debt, pay fees and learn more about your chosen subject. Those who choose to go to university in the United Kingdom do particularly well out of it. We come fifth in the OECD table of Western countries when it comes to the extra earnings that graduates make. UK graduates earn 59 per cent more than non-graduates. So, those who argue that the expansion of higher education is making it less worthwhile going to university had better eat their words.