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Is college worth it?

POSTED: Tuesday, September 1, 2009 - 5:20pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 2:45am

KILGORE-For years the belief in this country was a college education was the gateway to a better life. But with college tuition being so expensive these days, many wonder whether or not its worth it.

Each year students borrow tens of thousands of dollars to attend expensive public or private universities. But now many graduates are discovering that the college payoff could be a long time coming, if it comes at all. And while they're waiting, many are treading water in a sea of debt. Some as much as $120,000.

But as the worst recession since World War II trudges on many new and prospective students are having to ditch their "dream" college in favor of a more affordable one.

So to avoid long-term debt, many are starting their higher education in community colleges. For Kilgore College, officials tell us it works out well for them.

"We've had a big increase this year," Chris Craddock with Kilgore College told us.

Recent figures show that other community colleges across the state have seen their enrollment go up 30 percent.

"It literally saves thousands upon thousands of dollars," Craddock said.

College financial aid specialists say students should take a hard look at average salaries in their chosen profession before taking out student loans.

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THAT'S RIGHT H.D.,.....YOU GET OUT OF IT WHAT YOU PUT INTO IT!!! EDUCATION IS NEVER A WASTE,NO MATTER THE ECONOMY,STOCK MARKET,HOUSING,ETC.GET ALL THE EDUCATION YOU CAN,APPLY YOURSELF,AND IT WILL PAY OFF IN THE LONG RUN.I WOULD RATHER HAVE SOME EXTRA EDUCATION BEHIND ME,DURING HARD ECONOMIC TIMES,THAN TO NOT HAVE IT AND BE JUST DRIFTING BY HOPING IT GETS BETTER.....GOOD POINT H.D.

College is worth it IF you apply yourself. Regardless of the economy, individuals whom attend college have chances for higher paying employment. That is the LEAST that will happen if you apply yourself. College will give you what you give it. You will be given the opportunity to explore anything that your mind can imagine and and the ability to pursue your heart's desire, whether it is an honorable trade skill or or inventing the next energy source for the world. College will give you the ability to think and carefully analyze anything that life throws at you. College is not the end of learning, but is only the beginning IF you thirst for knowledge and wonder what's around the next bend in Life's road.

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