Going to college is not just about making money, but since the experience puts so many Americans so deep in debt so early in their lives, the cost benefit analysis is worth taking into consideration. “One thing to do is for applicants and their families to shop differently. A good place to start is studying available government data for any school you’re considering to see whether people who attended earn more than they would have if they had gone straight into the work force after high school. At many schools, the answer is no.” NYT: Some Colleges Don’t Produce Big Earners. Are They Worth It? (Before you answer that question, consider that college educated voters are more likely to vote against authoritarians who try to overthrow democracy…)