Forget college. Get your CDL Class A. Do a 5-6 year stint and save your pennies. You can also study a trade on your off hours. (Computers etc..) or move up in the industry. Compare and contrast your net wealth VS your college grad 5 years later with a 100K debtload. Trucking industry is still hiring and wages are good. I saw this link on a truck with a big "HIRING DRIVERS" actually I see links like this on lots of trucks. http://www.crengland.com/ If I was right out of HS right now that is what I would do. Go to that website above or other trucking company and get trained and start earning cash.