The Real Price of a College Education So where do you plan to go to college? What college do you go to? Where did you get your degree? I am sure you have heard these questions quite a few times in your lifetime already. You have probably heard these questions from people you do not even know. For these questions to come up so often and by so many people, they must obviously relate to something rather important, a college education. Just how important to you is a college degree? I believe it should be everyone's priority to do everything they can to obtain one. Have you ever been turned down by a job, denied a promotion, or simply wondered why someone you know is making more money than you, when you know you might be better at that job? Did you ever take the time to think this might be because you do not have a college degree? As you can see today's standards for education have been raised much higher than in previous years. Years ago there were no requirements for an education. Through the years there became a demand for a high school education, now a high school education and fifty cents will get you a candy bar. In today's society a college education is needed and in most cases required. Even a full four-year college degree is becoming the bare minimum as we enter the new century. In most cases today people are choosing to continue their education beyond their four-year degree. Most people are now looking towards obtaining their masters degree in their field of study. This is showing us the competition we are facing in the working world and just how important that college diploma is. Many people will argue the fact that college costs a great deal of money, so why should they spend money when they can be earning money. My answer to that is, you have to look at the overall view and look at where you would like to be in ten years from now. I agree that college does cost a great amount of money, a state funded college such as Bloomsburg or Penn State costs about nine-thousand dollars a year for residents including room and board.