My college tuition was free AND I got paid to go to school. All I had to do was have my Dad get disabled in Vietnam! :) All joking aside, without the Chapter 35 benefits from the VA I never would have been able to afford college. Unless your chosen career field requires a degree, I wouldn’t go into debt for one. I find many with degrees are now just overqualified for an average job, so when the job market in their chosen field is flooded they end up screwed for any kind of employment.