There are cheaper colleges out there. Name doesn't matter as long as you have a paper that says you have a degree.
I paid for school almost all on my own. I did two study aboard programs both for a month a piece and have over 140 credit hours. I was in sort of the same boat because i had around 30,000 in student loans. So i joined the military and had them pay most of the loans back. I will still have some debt when i get out but nothing like before.
there are several way you can get help to pay for school.
I have little sympathy for those that get meaningless degrees from expensive schools thinking that a name on a degree matters and makes them a better candidate for a job then someone else that paid less for the same degree. If you suck at interviewing, or are not confident then you wonít get the job. Simple as that.
Like i said it just a piece of paper. If you are a tool bag, now you are tool bag with a paper. The paper doesn't change who you are, how good you are at your job, work ethic or intelligence. It is on you to prove that you are worthy of the job.
Perception is reality, if you control perception you can control reality. If anything, learn how to interview, write a cover letter/resume, and figure out what you are good at. A degree can only let you meet a requirement, not get the job.
Largely I agree with you. My piece of paper was an HR bachelor's so I went into HR for federal government after school. If anything we are supposed to treat all bachelor's the same, meaning a four year degree (above a two year degree and below a six year course of education leading to a master's degree).
That being said a BA from a prestigious school, like a USC or Harvard or NYU, even in a worthless major will still hold a lot more water than a more useful degree from a lesser known school. Yes, people who interview well will be able to make up for a lot, but sometimes get passed over by that agoraphobic person who went to an Ivy or top private school. It's not fair and it was even worse in the private sector.
The only place where I see the greatest equality was in the military where it was looked down upon to consider your four year better and anyone else's four year. At the time I was at DoD and the Chairman JCS was Colin Powell who went to a modest college, was not an academy graduate yet a young four star general in his job, and was largely considered a go-to frontrunner for GOP nomination. DoD civilians were also supposed to be egalitarian in that manner but you did find your elite school grads rise up in the ranks somewhat faster.
Having gone to both types of schools, I didn't see a huge difference in the education methods, but more of a perception of what non-college people thought. If you went to an expensive school with famous alumni, then the first thing people may say is that you are smart without really knowing one way or the other. But however smart you were, if I mentioned that I got my first 2 1/2 years at XYZ State U. then people just acknowledge the degree, but not the school. At the top school, they don't care what degree or what level, but that it's pricey and has a strong network. Had GWB gone to University of Texas, do you think he would have become president as easily as he did being both a Harvard and Yale graduate?
Until non-college people learn how to be unimpressed by the eastern Ivies, the preferential treatment will continue, as wrong as that is. BTW, it is also of my opinion that whatever Harvard or Yale could do, UT can do, too.