https://ivycoach.com/content/uploads/2011/07/College-Tuition-Costs.jpg https://www.ivycoach.com/the-ivy-coach-blog/ivy-league/ivy-league-debts/ (since the time of that article the average debt is over $35,000) And yet people keep saying how college money is free from the government -- no, the only thing that's free is the use of that word in FAFSA. If it were free money then all that student loan debt would have been forgiven instead of making more albatrosses for people to carry. Companies want people with higher degrees nowadays, which explains both the phrase "a college degree is the new high school diploma" and why costs are through the roof and then some. The value placed on the degree is higher so, via the law of supply and demand (and no competition against college degrees as such certainly does not help, neither had the great recession which was an impetus behind more, many more, going back for reeducation), of course prices are skyrocketing but then we call all the people who go back to college "lazy", for which we say they are all millennials but anyone who has gone back for retraining for a new career (inevitable in the pro-family gig economy) will see that "millennial" must mean "anyone between 18 and 60". But try getting a job without a recent or relevant degree before saying a single word, even if your situation is one of the lucky "exceptions to the rule". I would also recommend the field of acting. Actors get paid more to play characters who do STEM work than STEM workers themselves. Far more. Go where the money is, I suppose.