Same here. I would've just gotten some sort of programming/comp sci degree at whatever the cheapest state school was, and then put in some time getting some good work experience.I owe six digits to Sallie Mae, and it scares the shit out of me.
College tuition has become one of the biggest rackets in history, and I wish I had known that 10 years ago.
YES! smartest thing said on MG for ages! The same is happening in the UK. All the uni's are expanding their courses as well. Our previous Prime Minister (Blair) said he wanted 50% of college leavers (high school age) to go to uni....... just as they trebled the fees..... :nuts:But one could argue that easy, free-flowing, and guaranteed money combined with students who have had copious amounts of "everyone deserves and needs a college degree" smoke blown up their butts has only encouraged college prices to go up.
I'm one of the first in my family to go to college, and I am almost done with my associates. My plan is to begin paying it off next year or so (my car will be paid off, so I'll just divert that money to my student loan). My mom is helping me pay as much as she can. If all goes well I plan to enroll in a bachelors program in 2013 to round out my education.^ That's a good way to do it. And I wish my parents would have had the foresight to help me do the same, but they never went to college. I love them, but they just didn't know a damn thing about it :lol:
Any kids I have will definitely be infinitely more informed.
Same here. Complicates things a bit.I'm one of the first in my family to go to college...
Why? It's a service, and you're paying for an accredited credential.I take issue with the idea that higher education is a commodity that can be bought and sold.