A Spinoff from another series: Indeed, it depends. If you go to a very selective college, and you major in Finance, and you get a $200,000signing bonus with a huge Brokerage House... Frankly, I don't know why this is such a difficult problem: Pick a major that will cause you to market yourself to someone willing to pay for your degree! Why, then, would anyone spend more than $200 for a degree in UnderWaterBasket Weaving? Why would anyone get a BA in Elementary Education that costs $100,000??? Let's just get real a moment: These parents, and their kids aren't THAT STUPID. They are paying what was once called a "Dowry." University costs began to soar when more women began to attend college than men...coincidence? I think not. Parents are paying to send little Muffy off to college to find a husband.