Whether you took one semester or eight years, whether you got your CNA or MD, what was the amount of debt you owed after you finished? How did that make you feel? Will you ever get out from under that debt? Whether this will be worth it in the long run for a career path is another thread or whether education in general is helpful is another topic. I heard a political talking head say that a typical four year American college education can set back a kid an average of $26,000 dollars in student loan debt.