It's come up a few times lately that higher education costs are out of control. That perhaps student loans are the next bubble threatening to burst all over the US economy. And that the federal government's guarantee of federal student loans for up to COA is a dangerous precedent which allows colleges to raise tuition unchecked. It makes me wonder, what do people here think is a reasonable amount to pay for an education. I could make a poll, but it would be complicated to set out the poll options in a way that is broad enough. So basically I'm wondering if there is some sort of consensus on here for how much debt is justifiable per amount of expected salary? In other words, if you got an engineering degree and expected $65k starting salary, with a possible $80-100k as you hit the sweet spot in your career; how much do you think is reasonable for something like that? What about as a Doctor, plan on $200k or more. How much debt is justifiable? Teacher? Between $40-$50k? How much debt would you be willing to take per unit salary before you felt the trade off was not acceptable?