From a family of college degree holders, we know this: They’re getting married and raising kids, and they have a pretty good job.
But the path to a college degree has been so challenging, they said, that they were afraid of a bad experience in college.
So we asked two families to share their own experiences of college in America and their plans for college.
The results were interesting and challenging.
In each case, we heard the same story: They were graduating with a bachelor’s degree or higher and had never been in a job.
Yet, they were concerned about the college experience.
Their answers are based on a survey of over 1,000 middle-income families that was conducted in March 2017 by the Pew Research Center.
Among them were a husband and wife who were living in San Diego and working for a bank; a mother in a rural Missouri community and her husband who worked in a bank.
We also spoke with a couple of young college graduates in San Francisco who graduated from a four-year private university, a married couple in rural Pennsylvania, and a mother with four kids in a big, suburban New York City.
Some of these families had already begun the process of buying homes and other investments, while others had been able to start small businesses and save for college, though their degrees were in high demand.
Their plans included going to community college, taking classes at private schools, pursuing careers in government or the private sector, and starting a family.
In many cases, their college degrees came with some extra baggage that they needed to deal with.
The story of middle- and working-class families trying to navigate the new college experience and balancing the need to go to college with the cost of living is a story we hear a lot in America these days, and we hope to share with our readers, too.
The family with the most concerns Our survey of middle class families in California, Washington, New York and other states, conducted in 2017, found that the average American family is working, saving for college and looking for a job with a college-educated spouse or partner.
Our survey also found that only 13 percent of families with college degrees had a single child.
These families also tended to have one or more working parents, with an average of two working parents.
Yet despite the challenges of college, the average middle- class family with a working parent and two working college-bound children had the following aspirations: “Our children will enjoy college as much as we enjoy working.”
“We can afford to save for a college education.”
“I want to take a job in finance, in an organization where I have a chance to build a career.”
“Our daughter will be able to graduate high school with a degree in STEM and be a successful adult.”
The median college-degree-holding family in California and the United States was the following: Families with two or more college-trained college-going children: 33% Median household income: $63,400 Median household size: 1.5 Median income: two or three children in the household: $12,500 Median family income: three or more children in a household: 13% Median income of a working-parent family: $66,400 (the median household income for a family with three children) Median household incomes of a single parent and one child: $20,700 (the average for a working family with two children) The average household size of a middle class family in America has grown from 1.6 adults in 1960 to 1.8 adults today.
The median family income of working parents is the lowest of any family in the survey.
The average college-seeking middle class household had an income of $65,700, compared with $85,300 for the working- and middle-aged working families.
The survey found that in some states, the typical college- and career-educated family with four children has an income above $75,000.
The study also found higher-income middle class households with three or four children have more income than the working and middle class, which includes the two parents.
The percentage of college-qualified adults who say they are college-ready has fallen sharply in recent years, as do the percentage of people who say that college is a “must” for their career.
The middle-wage families in the study had high hopes for their future college education.
For many, college is an investment that can provide them with a steady income and with the opportunity to build an independent career.
“It’s very important that you finish college,” said the husband of a family who had just started college.
“But if you finish it and you’re a good student, then it doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor.
You can do whatever you want.”
The challenges facing families with a middle income A survey of our middle class parents also showed that their college-dependent children were worried about their future in college and had a mixed picture