Continuing education, which allows students to master the skills they learn in college, is the bedrock of a college degree.
The United States has an estimated 1.2 million college graduates.
But the salaries of those earning more than $100,000 have risen over the past decade.
Many are making more than the $150,000 threshold.
That means that students who are making as much as the top 10% of earners, or the top 1% of taxpayers, are paying far more for their degrees than those who are earning just $25,000 or less.
A new report shows that college graduates are paying higher prices than their peers in other industries, including medicine, law, and accounting.
It’s not surprising.
The median household income of Americans earning less than $50,000 is $45,000, according to a 2015 survey by the Census Bureau.
The highest-earning 20% of Americans pay nearly $300,000.
That same group is paying more than three times as much for their education as the median household earns for a year.
This is particularly true for higher education, the report found.
Those earning more are paying over four times as many dollars for their degree as they do for a full-time job.
For students at the higher end of the earnings scale, paying over $150 in tuition and fees is nearly triple what it costs a typical household.
The average tuition and fee for a three-year associate’s degree is $8,844.
It’s a major problem for colleges.
The cost of attending college is set by Congress, which sets tuition, fees and scholarships.
Colleges don’t have the same flexibility to raise the cost of higher education.
And colleges are not necessarily able to increase the price of their degrees if the government does.
The Education Department and the Education Opportunity Grant Program, which gives Pell Grants to students from low-income families, said in a joint statement that the higher price tag for tuition and related fees is a problem because it impacts low- and moderate-income students the most.
“In the past few years, many of these colleges have made significant investments to improve their financial health and to increase their revenue streams,” the statement said.
“These investments have made some college more affordable, but have not made much progress in meeting their financial challenges.”
But it’s not just colleges that are paying more for education.
For-profit colleges and graduate schools are also paying more.
Many for-profit universities have faced backlash because of the increased costs.
The Center for College Affordability and Productivity, an advocacy group, said the increased cost of education is a serious problem.
According to the report, for-profits are charging more than they do in private schools for tuition, textbooks, labs, lab supplies, lab space and other equipment.
For instance, the average college cost for a student in 2015 was $7,966.
The report said for-profesional colleges in particular are charging far more.
That’s because they typically charge more for textbooks, lab equipment and other supplies that aren’t covered by federal loans.
These colleges are charging students for college that is less than what the average family needs, according the report.
But the report said the colleges are also charging more for courses that are less expensive than the average.
For example, a private school that offers a certificate in accounting for $10,000 a year would cost $12,000 in the first year of college.
With the increase in tuition for for-benefit students, the cost per student has increased by more than 60%.
For-profits and graduate programs are not exempt from higher-education tax rates, which hit their rates as income increased.
Students who make more than that are being forced to pay higher rates, the education report found, making them more vulnerable to financial hardship.
And the college costs they pay have also been increasing faster than incomes.
According to the Education Department, students making between $50 and $70,000 pay about 3% more for tuition than those making between 70 and 80,000 and $3,100 more for a degree than those earning between 80 and 100,000 dollars.
In fact, the highest-income households in the country have a median household incomes of $90,000 while the poorest 20% pay about $30,000 per year for their tuition.
Some of the biggest increases have come for those at low income, such as students at high school.
A study released in May by the American Enterprise Institute and the Urban Institute found that for-credit college tuition has increased about 50% over the last decade, while for-fee tuition has nearly doubled.
The trend is likely due in part to the government’s move to increase student debt.
The Department of Education has said that it will phase out federal student aid starting in 2021,