While the price of college is extremely high, I know from experience that there are ways to vastly reduce the amount of money being taken out in loans. Sure, future students may have to sacrifice time to look for scholarships when you could be spending time watching Netflix or hanging out with friends. And yeah, maybe it would be smarter for students who are undecided about their major to take a gap year or head to community college before going off to a 4 year school, meaning that they won't get that true freshman college experience when they're 18 years old. And maybe the majority of people that go to school at a place near where their parents/guardians live but choose to live on campus for the duration of their undergraduate career should consider maybe commuting if that's an option for them. Maybe college students should be smarter about how they spend their money in school, instead of spending their money on things they really don't need when they know they have college loans that will need to be paid off. I myself was an athlete, I searched for scholarships, I went the community college route and earned a full scholarship and completed my GenEd requirements before going to a private university out-of-state to finish my degree and my athletic career. I will graduate with about $60,000 in student loans but I consider myself lucky because I know a lot of people that owe/will owe at least twice as much as I will. My point is I don't pity those that complain about being up to their ears in student-loan debt when they didn't think about, or do as much as they could to keep the number as low as possible when it was definitely in their power to do so.