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State Impact in 2015
$2.07 Billion in Appropriations and $2.17 Billion Earned by Students Who Left a UT Institution in 2014
The state investment in UT institutions pays off, and it pays off quickly. In their first year after leaving a UT institution, former students working in Texas earned more in 2015 than the total state appropriations received by UT System in that year. In 2015, UT System institutions received $2.07 billion in state appropriations. Students leaving a UT institution in 2014 earned $2.17 billion working in Texas in 2015.
Former UT students now employed in the Texas workforce add to the state economy as productive, working citizens. For the state, this results in increased tax revenue, lower unemployment rates, reduced dependency on government services, and a potential increase in spending on consumer items, among other things.(1)
UT System graduates work in and contribute to a wide variety of industries within the vast Texas economy—healthcare, oil and gas extraction, the tech sector, finance, and beyond. Further, two industries where graduates are most often found working are critical areas for Texas’ future—education and healthcare. In addition to the return on public investment in UT institutions, UT graduates are doing their part to help educate the next generation and ensure the health of Texas residents.
About the Data
This metric is based on the 2015 earnings of students who left a UT institution in 2014, with or without a degree. Earnings data post-graduation reflect actual earnings reported to the Texas Workforce Commission. Earnings are based on a calendar year and include those working in the state of Texas. Appropriations data include general revenue support from the State of Texas for instruction and operations, infrastructure support, special items, tuition revenue bond debt service (TRBs), and group health insurance and employee benefits.
Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Unemployment Insurance wage record data, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board student data, and State Appropriations as reported on the Annual Financial Reports (AFR).
Total State Appropriations to UT System
Wages 1 Year after Exit
Finishing the Degree
Five-year Cumulative Earnings Differential Between Bachelor's Degree Completers vs. Non-Completers: $57K
Note: The UT Brownsville and UT Pan American campuses closed at the end of AY 2015 and therefore are not displayed, however they are included in the overall UT Academic Institution calculations.
UT Rio Grande Valley began enrolling students in Fall 2015.
Completing a bachelor's degree pays off.
Students earning a bachelor’s degree from UT System academic institutions earn more than those who enrolled but did not complete their degree. Over their first five years of working in Texas after earning their bachelor’s degree, students graduating between 2007-08 and 2009-10 made approximately $57,000 more than those who did not complete their degree.
Postsecondary education is a large investment. Though the value of a college education reaches far beyond earnings, the financial commitment makes increased earnings an important outcome of receiving a degree.
On average, the bachelor’s degree recipients earned $11,000 more in their first year after graduating than those not completing their degree, a clear indication of return on investment just one year after graduation. Graduates had median earnings of $36,871 while those who did not complete their bachelor’s degree earned a median of $25,875 one year after leaving a UT System academic institution. When looking at five years after exiting, those earning their degrees had median earnings of $50,881 compared to $38,801 for those who did not complete. Over time, these earnings differentials accumulate. After just five years, the difference reaches approximately $57,000.
About the Data
This metric is based on undergraduate students who earned a bachelor’s degree from a UT System academic institution or left without completing their bachelor’s degree in academic years 2007-08, 2008-09, and 2009-10. The students who did not complete but were identified through the National Student Clearinghouse Student Tracker system to have enrolled in further education beyond their UT System enrollment were not included in the analysis. Earnings data reflect actual earnings reported to the Texas Workforce Commission. Earnings are based on a calendar year and are inflation adjusted to reflect 2015 dollars. Only those employed for a full-year (all four quarters in a calendar year) in Texas are included.
Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Unemployment Insurance wage record data, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board student data.
Completer Median 5-Yr Cumulative Earnings
Non-Completer Median 5-Yr Cumulative Earnings
5-Yr Cumulative Difference
UT Academic Institutions
Note: The UT Brownsville and UT Pan American campuses closed at the end of AY 2015. UT Rio Grande Valley began enrolling students in Fall 2015.
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