Financial burden of college worries most Americans

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  • the old switcharoo mesa, AZ
    Aug. 20, 2013 11:52 a.m.

    If you get a bachelor's in Psychology, it's just crazy to complain that you are unemployed at the end. It's on it's face good to study something you are interested, but then you don't need to pay a college to study something.

    You're paying for that piece of paper. The only reason we pay for the paper is that most business won't give you an interview without it. We remember the article about the successful electrical engineer that confessed on his death bed that he only had a few classes in college right?

    So why aren't we able to think outside the box, get instruction from private tutors and experienced people and then take a test for our credentials?

  • SCfan clearfield, UT
    Aug. 20, 2013 10:55 a.m.

    lost in DC

    I come from the west, California, and yes there are good inexpensive educational opportunities available. Particularly the junior college then state college route which does not cost what going to Stanford or USC does. However, since many people believe that the college itself is as important on the resume as the degree, many go to the big name, big expense places. And coming out with a six figure debt, especially if you are not starting a dentistry practice, or law, or medicine, or business, can leave one back at home looking at (as Dick Cheney said)a fading Obama poster on you wall and wondering why you are not working when you have a sociology or (fill in the blank) "studies" degree.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 20, 2013 9:57 a.m.

    no need to spend $40-$50K/year to go to college. Some attend "prestige" institutions to say they attended "XXX" rather than to get an education.

    our local institutions are a steal compared to some east-coast schools. In-state tuition is $12k for UVA but only about half that here.

    I remember talking a few years ago to a colleague from Pittsburg and I was surprised at how expensive even the public schools were in the east. We do have it good.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Aug. 20, 2013 9:18 a.m.

    Get into the trades. Lots of work. Low education costs. A good opportunity to have your own business down the road.

  • SCfan clearfield, UT
    Aug. 20, 2013 8:51 a.m.

    These days, unless you are going to college for a very specific goal, i.e. doctor, lawyer, teacher, engineer, ect. college isn't worth it. If a person just wants to find themselves, it's much cheaper to go travel or work or do a service, military or (mission) than to waste 20 to 50 thousand a year on a campus without any real direction. Many young high school grads are not sure of their direction. Put off college for a few years and save the money. How many have attended and graduated with a degree that really does not advance their lives except to put them in huge debt. By the way, with billions in endowment money that many of the top universities have, why do they need to charge such high tuition anyway?