Perhaps the lad can do what I did. I paid my own way, applying for and getting small grants and scholarships, working and taking out loans. The loans were paid off a couple of years after my wife and I got married.
91% of trade companies in the states are looking for qualified people. No one learning a trade other than getting a liberal arts degree and flipping burgers while paying massive college loans. One local radio personality is 55 and still paying his off!!
Here’s a CRAZY idea—attend a college you can afford. Most community colleges are free or at least really reasonable. Then transfer. I once talked to a woman who was an engineer at one of the big tech companies. When I asked her where she went to college, she was embarrassed to say. I asked “You work for [insert big tech company here]! Obviously not going to Harvard didn’t hurt your employability. Facts are facts, whether they are taught at a grossly overpriced school or a local one.” I know a kid who was thrilled to get into Georgetown, even though he had no way to pay for it, but it was his DREAM school. Now he wants student loan forgiveness. I didn’t go to my dream school. I worked hard to get scholarships and then worked two jobs the entire time I was in school. I don’t live in my dream house. I don’t drive my dream car. I’ve never taken my dream vacation. Why should I pay for him to attend his dream school?
Tech schools offer an education on various subjects that are needed in this country!
I disagree with student loan forgiveness, why all of a sudden should kids now get their loans paid off when for years either kids or their parents had to pay for their college. I think there are so many programs that all of that money could be used for if the government thinks there is enough to pay off those loans for those that chose to go to college and now want someone to bail them out. How about more programs for the elderly, many who live on piddly Soc Sec, it is not anywhere near the cost of living these days even with the raise they just got a good part of that made up for the outrageous increase in Part B medicare premiums last year or year before, about $45 a month and no raise at that time :( Let the kids pay off their own loans and learn to live on a budget.