I am a HUGE advocate of life long learning and personal growth. I am more and more concerned with people going the route of college these days however.
I have a master's degree and paid quite a bit of money for my degree. That being said degrees often don't guarantee or really increase pay in today's economic climate anymore.
There are now some universities that are starting to go the route of income share agreement models for pay for your tuition.
I think when considering the high costs of tuition enrollment at a school like UCLA you need to weigh whether or not that degree can actually help you earn more money as well.
Money is certainly not everything and education is valuable in itself always. Huge student loans are always a challenge and set back to your future financial well-being.
I work for a company called PreHIRED. We help people get the skills and training they need to secure six figure sales jobs.
For me considering college at your age should really be a question of one of two routes. One do I want to go get this college education for my own personal edification and knowledge? Or two do I want this college degree for better earning potential and income later on in my future? If the motivation is for higher income you can work with great training boot camps for many careers in the software and technology industries that can help you land high paying careers for far less than a college degree will cost.
David recommends the following next steps:
- Research sales training and coding bootcamps as a college alternative on a third party site like coursereport