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Published: Thursday, June 26 2014 9:30 a.m. MDT

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Sasha Pachev
Provo, UT

I think we may be confusing causality and correlation. Capable and motivated people have what it takes to get through college and often do, but they will find a way to succeed with or without a college degree. College can be a good sandbox for developing skills and connections. While helpful, I do think playing in this type of sandbox is worth getting into debt or sacrificing more serious development opportunities. College should happen in teenage years. Hopefully by the time you are 20 you have what it takes to be a debt-free contributing member of society.

Cedar Hills, UT

Not all college education is equal when it comes to the compensation a graduate can earn. A degree in Accounting, Nursing, or Engineering is going to be much more productive in paying off student debt than a degree in Humanities or History. That isn't to say that a degree in History, Dance, or Music is worthless, but rather that those taking such studies need to understand the importance of graduating with less debt since it will be more difficult to pay off.

For example, a degree in Women's Studies may be very interesting in college, but how will it translate into career wages for paying off debt? It boils down to rational planning and decision making when it comes to how much debt a person is willing to take for each degree.

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