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July 27, 2011 11:45 AM

Interactive: See how long it will take California college graduates to break even on their education

Largely because of tuition increases, the cost of a CSU or UC education has risen much quicker than inflation during the past decade, adding years to the amount of time it will take graduates to recoup their financial investment. Even so, college is still a sound venture. With the exception of drama and social work majors, UC and CSU graduates in every discipline will, on average, recoup their college costs within 20 years, according to a Bee analysis of census data. The amount of time it takes to pay off the investment, however, varies greatly by chosen discipline.

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