While studying US News & World Reports rankings of the Best Colleges of 2012, I realized something.
Nation, we’ve lost our minds. There’s simply no other explanation than we’re completely mad.
How else do you defend our blind willingness to go tens of thousands of dollars into student loan debt for a degree that might, just barely, pay for itself?
Look at how many universities charge tuition and fees that exceed $40,000 a year. That’s insane!
I know a large segment of the population believes every American citizen should attend a 4-year university. But you’ve got to ignore them. You see, they’re stupid.
Well, you don’t need a bachelor’s degree to make a good income. You do, however, need skills and expertise that people are willing to pay you for.
Maybe you’re not interested in any degree offered by a traditional college. Perhaps you find the price tag, time commitment, and dismal job prospects upon graduation a bit offputting. In which case, a trade or vocational school may be the perfect option for you.
Personally, I’m not a fan of for-profit colleges like the University of Phoenix or DeVry. Not only are they expensive, but they’re notorious for graduating students with overly burdensome student loan debt. This pisses me off for two reasons: 1) Many of their graduates will never reap the benefits of a degree they invested significant time and monetary resources to acquire and 2) Taxpayers are on the hook for federally backed student loans that can’t and won’t get repaid before these folks die.
For-profit universities and their affiliates have gamed the search engines to appear at the top of any search involving the terms “trade school” or “vocational school”. So, it took a while for me to find a tool that helps you locate two-year, non-profit schools in your area. I kept hunting only because I love ya.
I eventually dug up the College Navigator on the National Center for Education Statistics website. It’s pretty cool. For instance, you can use the tool to filter your search results to only return 2-year, public or private non-profit institutions. The College Navigator isn’t totally comprehensive, but still…I likey.
Who knew? The Department of Education is good for something after all. *shrugs*