"Whenever you take out a large loan for any reason, you’re essentially mortgaging your future earnings. Starting your independent life tens of thousands of dollars in debt (before factoring in things like car payments, housing, wedding-related costs, etc) is a major burden that most college students simply don’t consider before enrollment.
The primary reason people spend decades working in jobs they hate is to pay off personal debt. Fortunately, you have a choice in how you go about educating yourself – a choice that can save you hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of your life."
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(From the comments section of this article: "#3 is the key for me. It’s the difference between to learn and to be taught. The former is active and the latter passive. The skill of being a good learner/researcher has been more valuable than the information I gained in college. Information has to be updated constantly to keep knowledge and understanding fresh and relevant.")