Lumina Foundation / February 2018

Beyond Financial Aid

The key to individual and societal success is today what it has always been: education. But the high school diploma, once the key to economic selfsufficiency, is no longer enough. The career, economic, social, emotional, health, and quality-of-life benefits of postsecondary educational attainment are clear, compelling, and far superior to those offered by a high school diploma. More than 60 percent of jobs, including many in fields that were once thought of as “blue collar,” now require some level of postsecondary education or training.