A new study from the North Carolina Department of Commerce has found that higher education is a key factor in the earning potential of students with disabilities.
The study, which looked at students with and without disabilities, as well as students who did and did not pursue higher education following high school, found that students with disabilities who gain educational credentials beyond high school earn more than students with disabilities who complete only high school.
The study also found that the same holds true for students without disabilities. For students without disabilities, higher education also leads to higher wages compared to students who do not gain additional credentials after high school.
Overall, the study found that students with disabilities earn less than peers without disabilities. However, the study also noted that students with disabilities are far less likely to enroll in college, which is relevant as higher education attainment is indicated as one of the primary determining factors in earning potential.