I was in the Air Force at the time, and they had a tuition assistance program where they would pay tuition assistance — I believe it was about $3,500 per year. I’m fuzzy on the numbers since it was a while ago. My total cost was around $10,000 per year (including summer quarter) plus books, lab fees, etc. This was at a state school.
Having college debt isn’t necessarily bad if you can manage it. They key is to pick a major that will prepare you for the job market in a field that is growing and needs your labor. With doctors, for example, this makes sense, because you know that you’ll be able to pay the debt off and be well-off after that. For someone to work in the radio business, this makes no sense.