Your ambitious high school grad doesn’t necessarily have to set his or her sights on the high-dollar Ivy League schools to earn the big bucks these days.
They can set up shop a little closer to home. Forbes has ranked The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University in College Station among the top 25 public colleges with the highest-earning graduates.
“If you’re aiming for a lucrative career that begins with an affordable education, these schools are a great place to start,” Forbes says in the intro to the list.
Texas A&M comes in at No. 18, and UT at No. 25, and graduates from both schools can earn close to six figures at mid-career, according to the report. Grads at A&M, which is highly rated for its engineering, business, and education and human development schools, among others, earn a mid-career salary of $99,700.
Grads at UT, one of the largest schools in the nation and highly ranked for its business, engineering and nursing schools, earn a mid-career salary of $96,400, Forbes says.
Money put early career earnings for A&M grads at $55,000, compared with $53,900 for UT grads.
UT’s estimated cost for school this year for in-state students is $27,800, compared with $26,200 at A&M, according to Money.
Staff writer Ryan Osborne contributed to this report.