What exactly is the reason that you're thinking of going to college? Is it because you think that's what people are supposed to do once they graduate from high school? Are you just following the crowd? Do you equate not continuing your education at one of these overpriced institutions with laziness?
It's good that you're deferring for a year and spending some time working, but you should stop and ask yourself: do your future plans really necessitate spending tens of thousands of dollars attending an institution that in the end, will probably only provide you with a piece of paper you can show corporate employers to prove you're a worthy drone?
If you plan on pursuing a career that requires a post-graduate education (such as an M.D.), then yes, you should attend somewhere that you can afford (although that's a near impossibility these days). Otherwise, my personal advice would be to forget college.
Hindsight is always 20/20, but knowing what I know now, I would have never gone to college. It was a complete waste of time and money and cursed me with spending many years in the corporate world. Although I'm just guessing here, I would have probably been better off working right out of high school and starting my own business (which I'm doing now).
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