Some people just think that a degree is or should be like the California Gold Rush. I suppose for the current costs it might as well be.
But often a Bachelors Degree is just foundational. I thought it would be more as well until I actually went through most of one. For some people expect mid-level pay or positions right out of college, I don't know why that is. But thinking in the long-term there can be immense benefits that come after years of experience. Many people say that the degree doesn't help you initially in certain fields, but it is there years down the road to enable you to become promoted.
I chose the cheap school and got free-room on top of that. So it is kind like 50% off for me and money was saved to get through it. In my situation though, it wouldn't have been that difficult if I just got some kind of summer job to pay each bill and that is what many people do. Many people work while they are at school.
The problem with community college is that for one thing no one respects it. Besides the fact that scholarships for transfer students are incredibly trash, you might as well pick a school that you know will get you an award and you will have to stay there. It seems like common advice to just stay away from full-rides and just go to better schools for some reason.
But anyway, I communicated with my high school friends and the majority of them went to community college to "try it" and they all dropped out of it. Community college isn't a bastion for lower prices, it is hardly cheaper. The only thing cheaper is you probably won't have to move in and live there which is often the highest cost. But overall it comes out to a similarly high price, at least mine seems to. But the other thing I can immediately tell is that it is where the people with poor high school success went to, people who really didn't care about education. When you group hundreds of those people together don't expect flattering reviews. You don't really want to fill a place with unmotivated or uncertain people and expect that they will all find a great purpose in that environment.
There were only a few people I knew who were intensively motivated to learn and achieve. Others just wanted a piece of paper to make money or they had a very bad impression of the professors and department so they expected nothing good to come out of college. I would say that is worse than not going to college. It isn't worth going to college if everyone around you is a negative Nancy. I used to greatly enjoy coming back to college after each break to be independent and by myself. But now, it is uninspiring and makes me want to get out of there. I think the environment and people matter a lot, community college isn't something I would expect to have the most exciting environment either especially since many people go through as a last resort where they had no other choice or just didn't really want to go in the first place.