@john michael Cornett
It really depends on what you're going to school for., what school it is, and for how much. College is an investment in yourself, and like everything, there are good investments and bad ones. You are around like-minded people, so it's all about making those connections that will land you a job down the road. People do 4 years of undergrad without ever getting an internship. You NEED internships. You maybe only learn 5-10% of what you need in your field during undergrad. If you're pursuing a career in STEM, go to a reputable college, but stay away from schools with big names like Stanford, USC, USD, etc. unless you are getting a bunch of financial aid. Tons of cheaper state schools that are top ranked can you give you a leg up on the competition. I give the example that Silicon Valley hires more people from San Francisco State and San Jose state than Berkeley or Cal Tech combined. Even taking out a $100K loan to pursue artificial intelligence is worth it, as you'll make at least $120K in the first year you start working. Don't take out a $100K loan for an art, history, or "business" degree, as both of which will really get you no where.