What are the costs of school dropouts?

A study out of Northeastern University found that high school dropouts cost taxpayers $292,000 over the course of their lives. It’s not just about the money, though. Over 80 percent of the incarcerated population is high school dropouts— making this an issue that truly impacts every member of the community.

School dropouts are more likely to be on welfare, commit crimes, live a life in poverty, and marry poor.