College is an investment –and it might be one of the biggest you ever make. Despite those big numbers, the data show it’s probably worth it—but you’ll need to make many decisions along the way that will impact how much the investment pays back. We’ve discussed how to calculate the ROI of your degree using your best estimates about the cost of college, your expense budget, and the career outcomes on the other side. But life will inevitably take some unexpected twists and turns, so it’s wise to consider how those numbers could change (in either direction!). Check out the Insider blog to learn about four risk factors—transferring, graduation time, your first job, and graduate school—that could make a significant difference for you financially in college, and reduce or increase the bang for your buck from college.

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