One thing I don't understand is what the heck is going on that college costs so darn much. Here in Aus it's 10% to 20% of that (without even converting currency), and I have the impression that our universities are still highly profitable. Our students tend not to live on campus, so maybe that's a factor, but surely that's not 80%+ of the cost. Is it just a shortage of college/uni placements that pushes the price up? @N1warhead, have you considered things like Open Universities? I agree with you that you can learn a lot online, but I've seen and experienced the minefield of terrible information out there. I could not, with confidence, tell someone who's starting out that they'll learn as much online as they would by going to a reputable educational institution. It's not for a lack of information, it's because someone starting out can't tell the gold from the trash.