a vision of students today

Bottom line: the cost of education is ridiculous. Which should be no surprise, because education is a business and follows the normal economic laws of supply and demand. The higher the demand, the lower the supply and hence the price skyrockets. Even though the government does provide some aid, comparing the costs of education from today to the costs of education 20 years ago, the numbers would be drastically different. The consequences of going without one, we are told, would be hell upon earth, as society/parents/media tells us that without a college education, it would be difficult to lead a good life.

However, there are so many people in the world that lead successful lives/careers either not going to college or majoring in fields that aren't in any way related to their career. Although I am sure that these individuals are few, when I wait and think, I don't really have any data to support this idea, and would be interesting to explore.