Yes, as long as the school is accredited, that $2,500 per year degree is just as valid as the $55,000 per year degree. A lot of the upper crust elitist companies are still going to want a Yale or Harvard or MIT degree. But in the real world, most everyday companies don't really care where your degree is from The important thing is that you earned one.
Graduating with a college degree that only cost you 10,000 dollars is a steal. Most students have students debts starting at 20,000 dollars. College degrees do help you find better paying jobs, as long as the student takes the time to determine what degrees will actually be useful. The problem is that many students choose degrees that are pointless and can't get them a specialized job.
Of course it's worth the paper it is printed on you will make more then 2,500 more a year then if you were just a high school graduate. Jus have to look into your degree and your job field to make sure its worth it for your personally but college education is always a good idea.
Yes, a college education that costs $2500 per year is worth the degree that it is printed on, if the person learns something that is valuable that makes them more intelligent than they were before, or gives them skills upon which they can rely for employment. A college education that can help someone learn a new trade is helpful, even if it is cheap.
But it isn't the degrees that are the problem. It is people taking them for impractical reasons, and expecting them to mean something.
Sorry, but if you want to actually get a job, be prosperous and successful, it is highly unlikely that you will get there by 'finding yourself' for 100,000 dollars spent on learning niche fields of interest with no practical application.
I am a huge proponent of education, but if you don't have a plan for how to use it, you are wasting your money.
College education is too expensive now. The price of tuition in many schools is way too high for many eager students to even pay for it with the help of their parents or guardians. It is not worth a piece of paper just to say you have a piece of paper.