The Wall Street Journal's Andrea Fuller delivers the long-suspected confirmation that liberal arts-studying college students don't earn as much money as those who attend highly selective research universities, according to analysis of data by Wall Street Journal. 

The Education Department data suggests that students who require financial aid may think twice about attending a liberal arts college if the expenses incurred along the way don't quite pay-off in the end.

At nearly half of the top liberal arts colleges, the reported median salary 10 years out was below $50,000. Students at almost all of the top research universities beat the $50,000 mark, while at about a third of top research universities they had median salaries above $70,000.

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