Subject: Federal Loans Steer Students down a Difficult, Debt-Ridden Path—But There Are Other Promising Paths

For far less cost—and quite likely no borrowing—students could learn a skill that could pay them handsomely before they’re even of legal drinking age.
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Federal Loans Steer Students down a Difficult, Debt-Ridden Path—But There Are Other Promising Paths
By Chris Baecker - July 02, 2018

Back in the mid-1980s, when I was in the seventh grade, I took an occupational investigation class. If I remember correctly, there was a fairly stout textbook involved that listed nearly all the jobs and professions of the day. Earning a six-figure salary as a pilot stuck in my memory.

At the time, however, I was drawn to the lawyers of L.A. Law and the doctors on St. Elsewhere. I wanted to be an obstetrician like Cliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show. I knew any of these paths could be lucrative, but delivering babies seemed pretty rewarding.

Then I saw a character in a movie utter something about going six figures into debt to attend medical school. I was out.

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