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Is US college worth it?

Yes 11 50.00%
 
No 11 50.00%
 
Total:22

This is a question that has been plaguing my mind for quite some time. Currently, I have been able to get good paying jobs without going to college thanks to my experience and some IT certifications. However, I noticed for some careers that college is a good idea especially those with high federal government regulations.  US college is expensive and a traditional college takes about four years to complete. What is everyone thoughts on this?



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Only if you get a good paying job and not a mountain of debt.



Nighthawk117 said:
Only if you get a good paying job and not a mountain of debt.

True, some college degrees are trash and the government shouldn't give out loans for them.



No one can really answer that question but yourself. If what you want to do in life requires a degree, than sure it's worth it. If what you want isn't offered by society, such as in my case, then no it's a waste of time and money. You sound like you're making good money, but if what you're doing to make that money isn't what you really want to do, then I'd say it's worth it even if you don't need a higher income. No point to life if you aren't doing what you enjoy.



Go to a public, in-state university. Cheaper than out of state and private schools.



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Lonely_Dolphin said:
No one can really answer that question but yourself. If what you want to do in life requires a degree, than sure it's worth it. If what you want isn't offered by society, such as in my case, then no it's a waste of time and money. You sound like you're making good money, but if what you're doing to make that money isn't what you really want to do, then I'd say it's worth it even if you don't need a higher income. No point to life if you aren't doing what you enjoy.

I'm actually completing some college courses now for over a year online. I'm doing it for job security reasons right now, but I am not sure if the money and time I am putting in will make it worth it at the end. Good news it is relatively cheap compared to most universities.



I voted yes but with caveats. A college degree is a good idea if the field for that degree is in high demand or projected to be. If you get a degree in a field that has a flooded market, it's almost useless.

Of course the costs must be weighed in a as well. One good trick is to get your general education or AA degree at the cheapest community college you can find nearby and then get your B.S. and/or graduate degrees at a a good (and usually much more expensive) university.



Massimus - "Trump already has democrat support."

Plus, cut back on expenses. When I went, I selected the 13 a week meal plan and not the more expensive 19 one. I got 2 meals a day during the week, and 3 for the weekend. On one of those weekend days I got one meal. Was no big deal.



Snoopy said:
Lonely_Dolphin said:
No one can really answer that question but yourself. If what you want to do in life requires a degree, than sure it's worth it. If what you want isn't offered by society, such as in my case, then no it's a waste of time and money. You sound like you're making good money, but if what you're doing to make that money isn't what you really want to do, then I'd say it's worth it even if you don't need a higher income. No point to life if you aren't doing what you enjoy.

I'm actually completing some college courses now for over a year online. I'm doing it for job security right now, but not sure if the money and time I am putting in will make it worth it at the end. Good news it is relatively cheap compare to most universities.

Depending on the certs and experience you have, an extra degree may not really help much.  Do you mind elaborating what certs you have?



Massimus - "Trump already has democrat support."

SpokenTruth said:
I voted yes but with caveats. A college degree is a good idea if the field for that degree is in high demand or projected to be. If you get a degree in a field that has a flooded market, it's almost useless.

Of course the costs must be weighed in a as well. One good trick is to get your general education or AA degree at the cheapest community college you can find nearby and then get your B.S. and/or graduate degrees at a a good (and usually much more expensive) university.

I'm looking into getting a software developer degree at WGU. The biggest reason is because it's cheap and will help me get pass HR. I felt like I got denied a chance at a company I really wanted to work for just because I lack of a college degree. It sucks too because it seems they were interested in me until they found out I didn't have a degree. This happened a couple years ago. Also, it will help with uncertainty in the job market.