MS in Information Science from University of Pittsburgh with a 3.5 GPA: $24,000
Job as team lead (because I know how to use ghost and schedule, not because of my degrees) decommissioning computers for people who got laid off because of the economy: Priceless (also $20/hr, although it seems low at least I have a job)
Now I'll admit I chose the wrong career field. I got suckered in by the promises of a very charismatic department head. I got my MS just because it seemed like something fun to do that may have lead to a better chance of being happy in this field. It hasn't as of yet, so now I'm taking pre-med courses with the hope of making a career shift.
My only gripe is, as people have pointed out, I expected some training. All I got was some bullshit (BS!) about how to "think and make decisions better". I didn't go to class unless it happened to be particularly interesting subject (such as rhetoric and public speaking), I just turned in my homework, did my projects and in some cases asked the teacher for the final way early so I didn't have to think about going back. Was I lazy? Yes. Was my GPA in undergrad higher than that of anyone else I graduated with in my degree that semester? (ok there were only 5 of them) Yes it was.
The point is, I hope this girls case brings to light the crock of higher education these days and makes young people think about it before going just because they "should". If any young person today asked me if I think they should go to college (especially for IT) I'd tell them to think long and hard about it, and consider how much the guy who repairs elevators makes over your average entry level office worker.