This is what my clique from junior high school has done. Two of us, including one servidora, were tracked to Ivies, two to state R1s, and one to the CSU system.
Tracked to Ivies: went to state R1 that was public Ivy. 1 Ph.D. obscure professor, 1 B.B.A. worked, married, dropped out, raised family, is philanthropist.
Tracked to state R1s: 1 dropped out of Ivy after freshman year, married, raised family, divorced, finished college and M.A., teaches middle school. 1 slow B.S. from state R1, M.A. from another state R1, married, raised family, divorced, teaches high school, is the only one besides me who has been continuously employed (and the of the two of us, only I have been continuously employed full time).
Tracked to CSU: slow B.S. from CSU, worked, married, dropped out, raised family, is artist.
Results: Ph.D. interdicted biological reproduction and also marriage, but this is also the most self supporting person; divorces cause the M.A.; marriage reduces likelihood of graduate education and also slows progress to undergraduate degree; only those with a graduate education are working. And what are we all working at? Teaching.
And I repeat: in this group it took the Ph.D. to be continuously employed full time, and the M.A. to get full time work that would support a person; college alone actually seems to be the ticket to not working. The highest standards of living are also maintained by those who finished college but do not work.
What seems most singular to me in all of this, however, is that although only one besides me holds the B.A. or A.B., everyone else went to science or business at that level, but both of the M.A.s are in Latin American Studies and their holders speak Spanish. I did not tell them to do this. Is it an odd coincidence, or is it just the way of the world?