The other problem is they were sold a bill of goods that says you HAVE to have a traditional 4 year degree, to get a job. In the early 70's, my HS counselor was asking me what college I wanted to go to. I told him I didn't really want to go to a "normal" college and learn all the crap they make you learn. He asked what I really wanted to do. I told him I LOVED playing around with electronics. He said how about a technical college. After explaining it to me, it was a no brainer. I went to a 2 year tech college, didn't have to go into debt (back then, a 4 year would have cost you 10,000 at most). I went to Texas and worked for Texas Instruments for a couple years, moved back and have been gainfully employed, no layoffs, cutbacks in my field. Today, getting a 4 year BS degree can leave you in such debt, and the jobs in some markets if you can find one in your degree field, pay squat, forcing some to have 2 jobs, 3 jobs, just to pay rent (that is if they move out of mom & dads). Everyone complains about "big oil" big pharma" etc, but this country needs to have a SERIOUS discussion about "big college". A major university can pay their presidents way over 6 figures, over 7 for their sports coaches, professors earn a ton, sometimes using teacher aids to actually teach the class because they are too busy writing books and what not. Universities are nothing more than money generating. And boy to they build palaces to themselves. Perhaps not building new sports stadiums all the time, glass and marble halls to stupidity, the price of college could come back down. Considering the lack of real knowledge coming out of 4 year colleges, I wouldn't spend my money supporting them.