Cost Estimates of Dropping Out of High School in Canada

http://www.ccl-cca.ca/pdfs/OtherReports/CostofdroppingoutHankivskyFinalReport.pdf

This is from the 2008 report prepared for Canadian Council on Learning “Cost Estimates of Dropping Out of High School in Canada”. The report has both national and provincial data.

Using the chart on page 67,  Karen Blair, executive director of the Adult Learning Association of Cape Breton County, was able to come up with cost of $16,173 in tangible and intangible costs of one individual dropping out of high school. Multiply this by 35 years (statistical standard for a “lifetime” calculation), and it amounts to $566,055 lifetime per individual without a high school diploma.

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