It's ridiculous that it's a requirement is part of my point. Sure it "makes sense" to then seek a degree but that doesn't just mean it's not an insane reality. Only very few people can take on that debt and still come out alright (i.e. secure an adequate wage-paying job) given how shitty the economy is right now. It's not only wrong but it's unsustainable. What exactly doesn't make sense about this to you?