Poverty or Prosperity—Different Paths After College

Salaries vary widely for those who attended school in New York City, data show

For students who attended college in New York City, financial success has varied widely, but also somewhat predictably.

The median salaries of people who went to the city’s institutions of higher learning, 10 years after they started, range from six figures at SUNY Downstate Medical Center to just above the federal poverty level at some small Jewish religious schools, new federal data show.

The figures, released last month by the U.S. Department of Education, include students regardless of whether they graduated from schools of divergent sizes, costs and missions. The students received federal financial aid.

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