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Student Loan Debt: Stupid Decision?

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    I went to community college before attending a UC (University of California) they had a direct transfer program from the college in the same city. All the UC professors taught there as well, as part time work, so it was like you were receiving the UC education at the CC price.

    I was till able to live in dorms and have the whole college "experience." It saved my dad and myself a ton of money, we estimated at least 30k. Plus I had to tack on two extra quarters at the end, because I switched majors twice, so always factor that in.

    All in all, education is one of the best investments you can make for yourself, no matter what your area of study, but there are ways to get a great education for a cheaper cost.

    I agree with Fizgig, a liberal arts degree will most likely land you a low-paying job to begin, and theres nothing wrong with that, as long as it's your passion. However, you mentioned you chose this school for it's "alumni" connections, which I think is a little ridiculous. Its 2010, and with social networking tools like Facebook, LinkedIN, etc......networking is easier than ever.

    In the end, pick a school you enjoy. I think its amazing that you are already this financially responsible at this age, but relax a little. You have the rest of your life to worry about bills. College was the greatest time of my life on so many levels, and I'm sure most here can agree. So enjoy it, don't go crazy with loans, but find out what you are passionate about it and pursue an education in it. Whatever you choose, the money will be worth it.