College Is Expensive! But Is It Worth It?

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CostOfCollege_slice13 NOTE: This was originally published on Jan. 15, 2014

More Americans are attending college today than ever before. And that’s generally considered a good thing. But college tuition at both public and private universities has skyrocketed, leaving a growing number of graduates mired in debt and struggling to find decent employment in a sluggish economy. All of which begs the question: is the studying and sacrifice really worth it? With pencil in hand, comic journalist Andy Warner explores the issue.  View as slideshow

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  • Fulmerjk

    There are other terms for post-secondary education, too: business school, trade school, technical training, trade apprenticeships, vocational training, field certification, and other forms of preparations for skilled jobs that hopefully do not change requirements in a few years. I have two smart, analytical young friends who carefully researched what kinds of work environments they liked in the context of their gifts, carefully researched (and asked a LOT of professionals about) which schools were the most established and best known in their respective industries for producing excellent employees, then they dug in, with no loans, with family help and/or part-time jobs. One is a talented automotive specialist and promising blogger. The other is a creative young intellectual beginning cosmetology school. It’s not the end of the line for higher education for either of them–It’s just the beginning of their expressions of their creativity in the marketplace.

  • del2124

    Of course it’s still “worth it,” it’s just that people have to pay so much more to go there now. It would still be “worth it” even if college cost $80,000 a year, if that was the only way to get a professional job, but that would be a pretty awful situation.