Post-Secondary Education is a Better Investment than Real Estate, say Canadian Students

D+H Student Index shows students think post-secondary education is necessary to achieve life and career success

TORONTO, Sept. 11, 2014 /CNW/ - A sense of fulfillment, a good job and a happy family. That is considered success according to Canadian students, who recognize post-secondary education is an important part of the equation. Over three-quarters (78%) of students believe post-secondary education is a prerequisite to a rewarding career. In fact, two-thirds (63%) consider post-secondary education to be the best investment they can make, ranking it higher than a home (15%) or traditional investments (12%). This is according to the D+H Student Index, which surveyed 752 Canadian high-school and post-secondary students and recent graduates.

"We were pleased to see how much value Canadian students place on post-secondary education," says Ralph DeJong, Vice President, Head of Student Lending, D+H Canada, an industry leader in student loan and grant program administration. "While it wasn't surprising that Canadian students see education as a gateway to a rewarding career, the study revealed a more holistic view of success and the importance this generation places on lifelong learning."

Beyond being a stepping stone to future success, the top benefit of post-secondary education is the opportunity to keep learning (88%) say students. They tend to select fields of study based on what they were good at (50%) or enjoyed (46%) in high school, also considering where they think there will be jobs (47%) and what they will earn in that field (42%).

Canadian students define success as: a sense of fulfillment (95%), a good job (94%), a happy family (93%), a healthy lifestyle (92%), being debt free (91%) and making a difference in the world (80%). Interestingly, these definitions of success all rank higher than 'making a lot of money' (72%).

Similarly, when asked to define success in terms of their career, Canadian students say it is finding a job that makes them feel happy and fulfilled. They aren't as concerned about a high salary, but say it needs to be enough to cover all of their expenses and save for the future.

The third installment of the D+H Student Index with more information on Canadian students' definitions of success and thoughts on the value of post-secondary education is available at: http://dhltd.com/wp-content/uploads/dh-student-index3/.

About the D+H Student Index

The D+H Student Index is based on an electronic survey of 752 Canadian students (in high school who are intending to attend a post-secondary institution, currently attending a post-secondary institution, planning to attend post-secondary in the next two years or having attended a post-secondary institution within the past two years). Surveys were completed between April 30May 6, 2014.  The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.0% and was conducted by Environics Research Group.

About DH Corporation

D+H is a leading provider of secure and reliable technology solutions to domestic and global financial institutions with a reputation for being a trusted partner that helps clients build deeper, more profitable relationships with their customers based on rich industry and market insight, and consumer knowledge. Today, approximately 7,000 banks, specialty lenders, community banks and credit unions rely on D+H to deliver solutions across three broad service areas: Banking Technology Solutions, Lending Solutions, and Payments Solutions. Our integrated, compliant technology solutions enable clients to grow, compete, and optimize their operations, while our forward looking approach helps them stay ahead of the market and anticipate changing consumer needs. D+H is one of the world's top FinTech companies as measured on the FinTech 100 list.

DH Corporation is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol DH. Further information can be found at www.dhltd.com and in the disclosure documents filed by DH Corporation with the securities regulatory authorities at www.sedar.com.

For more information: Lyne Fisher, Senior Director, External Communications, D+H, Lyne.Fisher@dhltd.com, (416) 696-7702

Image with caption: "Today D+H released the third installment of the D+H Student Index: Canadian Students Strive for Success by Investing in Post-secondary Education. It is available at http://dhltd.com/wp-content/uploads/dh-student-index3/ (CNW Group/DH Corporation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140911_C2581_PHOTO_EN_5501.jpg

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For further information: Lyne Fisher, Senior Director, External Communications, D+H, Lyne.Fisher@dhltd.com, (416) 696-7702

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