I'm currently a freshman in college. I'd love to spend the next 5 years getting a bachelor's then master's degree, but I'm not sure it's worth it.
My plan after college right now is to pursue a career in data science, and I'm having a great experience in college working towards my cs degree. However, I had a talk with my parents who are helping me pay, and they said over the last year I've accumulated $30k in debt (an inflated figure, probably closer to $20k, but that's what they said).
I just don't feel like the education I'm receiving is quite worth that much, especially compared to online courses I could pursue with a much more concentrated focus towards what I'd actually use in my career (specifically I'd take this course, I already know Scala for the most part but I'd like a proper education in it).
In my regular courses I'm taking, I'm not learning very much. Not because it's bad content or poorly taught, it's just not at the level I'm at right now. (currently have a 102% in CS 240).
However, I am doing an independent study with one of my professors from last semester on blockchain technology / cryptocurrencies. I have learned a lot from that, and it's a nice connection to have.
Over the summer I'm staying at my friends place with him in New York City, where I'm planning on getting an internship (I live in the middle of nowhere, no opportunities by me), and I'm planning on going back to school next year. After that I'm not sure though, I genuinely want to stay, I'm having a great time at college, but online alternatives seem to make so much more sense.