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Higher education: opting in, opting out

February 4th, 2010

Earlier this month, news of the $128 million Powerball lottery swept across Kentucky. We waited with bated breath to find out who had the lucky ticket and how the winner’s life would change. As it turned out, the jackpot went to a couple from Georgetown, and we’ve learned through news reports that they dream of visiting Hawaii and purchasing a new car. Many of us share those dreams.

Yet the anticipated life change that drew my greater interest was an expressly stated desire to go back to school, possibly to study finance. That’s right: this couple, now in a position to hire a team of accountants and investment advisors to manage their winnings, believes in the importance of education. They can do whatever they’d like in life. And where higher education is concerned, they’re opting in.

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