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College

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My husband and I have discussed this a lot recently. We have decided that unless our children manage to get full ride scholarships, we have no plans to push them to gour to a 4 year college. I see so many people my age and younger saddled with debt and working low paying jobs. I just cannot justify putting my kids through that. We still save for them but I would prefer they use that money to put towards learning a trade at a community college. 

So how do you all feel about college and the debt that goes along with it?

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 My kids had the choice of going to college, we didn't push, one way or the other.

 My daughter  loved school, she wanted to go, she graduated with a Veterinary sciences degree.  She had  grants and scholarships, the rest, either she paid or, we did, it was mostly books we were paying for..... I don't really know the full cost of what she was paying back, in loans, I know she took out at least one loan.

 My son, the hater of school, went to college for a year, decided it wasn't for him and, didn't go back, electing to work, instead. I don't think he took out any loans, we paid for that one year.

 I know what you mean, i think, it isn't worth it to push kids towards college (universities) when in most cases, a community college could very well be just as good, less expensive, too. Depends on the kid and, what his/her goals are.

 It boggles the mind, how much debt is accumulated over the college course, people just have to weigh the cost, against the potential job availability and, decide if it's worth it.

 Lol.....not much help, huh?

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      If a student is to go on to college, then they should make sure there will be a demand for degree when they graduate. Neither of our daughter's went on to college, but youngest grandaughter that has the ability to go if she chooses to, she got bit by someone's dog, when she was 2 years old, & there was a insurance settlement for her, that will more than pay for her college,  she also has the drive she would need to finish it.  There people that make a decent living without one, but they are generally hard workers & put in alot of hours to get ahead. PD

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It isn't always possible to insure there will be a demand for your chosen field by the time you get there. Look at all the computer programming students in the early 80's. By the time they hit the workforce, some bonehead had invented Windows, and they were mostly obsolete.

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I have a BA. along with at the time student loan debt but it was only 1.7% and a government loan.  what goes on these days is criminal

 

going to college is NO guarantee.  learning a trade, like blacksmith, podiatrist, plumber, something really useful that will never go away.  how about mortuary science?  i'm not kidding--steady work. 

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Podiatrist takes at least 8 years of college. Just saying!

My youngest son went to college and now is a truck driver. My oldest son did not go to college and he has worked his way up to Vice President of successful company. Go figure!

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