Children’s Earning Potential Matters More Than Choice of Major, 38% of Parents Say

Thirty-eight percent of parents with children who are planning to attend college believe their children’s earning potential after graduation is more important than which majors they choose in college, and 32 percent believe those two factors are about equally important. Those findings are among the results of a survey released on Wednesday that was commissioned by Discover Student Loans and polled 800 adults with children 16 to 18 years old who are planning to attend college. The survey asked about issues including the cost and importance of a college education. Eighty-one percent of parents said college is very important to their children’s future, and roughly half said cost is a very important factor in selecting a college.

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