Unfortunately in todays world you need a college diploma to just get an entry level position. Most jobs do not require a college education, however the way the system is unfolding to be a part of our money machine you must spend money whether the money is supplied by the parents, grants, loan or working five jobs it certainly don't matter to the college. Just another gimmick to dip into ones pocket. If our government is so concerned about about education it would be free. Just to get a job most companies do a credit check! So you better make all your payments on time or you'll will find yourself working a less than desirable job.
I agree with MH, to pay someone to stand over you while you read a book is ridiculous. There are certain jobs that do require an education but for the most part quite a bit don't. If you have a desire for something you will research the info on your own. Most jobs are on the job training.
I believe that most jobs you are working for someone else's dream. In todays world TRUE freedom has a price tag attached to it.