If you ever doubted the value of a University education, doubt no more - it could be worth thousands.
There is a slight caveat in that it rather depends on where you studied and if you happen to be a chap. But male graduates of the UK's most selective universities can expect to trouser around £88,000 more on average over their working life than someone who did not study for a degree, according to a new report.
But there is also a clear gender gap - with men who graduated from one of these leading universities earning significantly more than women.
The findings come from the London Economics study which is published by the Russell Group which which represents 24 top institutions including Cambridge.
The report examines the economic contributions that these universities make to the UK economy.
It concludes that there is a significant "graduate premium" attached to going to a selective institution - one that has high entry requirements.
Overall, a full-time UK student who started at a Russell Group university in 2015/16 and completes an undergraduate degree will take home £88,000 more, after tax and loan repayments, than someone who studied for A-levels, or equivalent qualifications, but did not go to higher education.
Among UK men alone, this "graduate premium" is £108,000, while for women it is £73,000.
The study also shows that the typical economic benefit, to the graduate and the taxpayer combined, from someone who started at a Russell Group university in 2015/16, is £177,000 This takes into account the extra money a graduate would pay in taxes and spending in general.
Russell Group chair Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli said:
The report also found that the 166,000 UK Russell Group students who began their studies in 2015/16 will eventually contribute £20.7 billion to the UK economy in total, over their working lives.
Just over half (52%) of this will be in additional tax and national insurance contributions.