If a student does well enough in high school and on standardized tests, scholarships and other programs can cover a significant portion of tuition and books. Going to college for further education is not a right. If you can't make the grades to get scholarships, you probably won't make the grades to compete against the people that did. In this case, you would already be starting out your career at a disadvantage and would be better off learning a trade. College is not the answer for everyone.