A study by Yale University School of Medicine and the University of Alabama - Birmingham showed that going to school and reaching college levels may add years to your life.
The researchers studied data from more than 5,000 Americans and found that those who committed to the study lived longer, according to the British "Daily Mail" website.
Each qualification, such as a university degree or masters degree, adds about one year and four months to a person's life.
The number of years a person’s life is usually associated with a long list of factors, including where he lives, race and job opportunities.
The study looked at the most powerful variables, and the team said that race and money did not demonstrate that they represented life expectancy as qualifications.
The researchers used a measure called YPLL to predict life expectancy.
Researchers in the American Journal of Public Health report that education, not race, is the best measure to predict who will live longer.
The data showed that 5% of those who died were university graduates, compared to 13% of those who did not complete their studies.
Each educational step obtained has added one year and four months to individuals who have completed their studies.