A laser armed rover sounds a lot like a high tech tank.
I have a hard time sympathizing with anyone who has voluntarily taken on large amounts of debt
With almost any decent job these days requiring a 4-year college degree, what the hell do you expect? Unless your parents are upper-class or have had the foresight to save up the money (with no intervening crises to eat it up), your only hope to get anything better than slave wages at some manufacturing plant (that's probably going to China at any minute) is to get a highly-competitive scholarship or take out a student loan. And there are only so many scholarships to go around.
I expect them to try something novel like work for it! I paid for my own education by joining the military and going to school while working. I ended up with 3 degrees and working for NASA. The Air force paid for 70% tuition and I paid for the rest and books. No loans! My parents wouldn't even pay for community college. But guess what I did just fine! I have 2 daughters that I have paid the first two years of college. They are now working and paying for the rest! My oldest daughter has a loan for $5k and graduates next spring. That's called being responsible!