I am not going to push college. Both DH and I went to college and I went all the way to my PhD. Good experiences, however neither of us are doing a thing with our degrees. I don't have nearly as much student debt compared to most people but it is still going to take awhile to pay off. My parents really pushed college, it was the holy grail of their generation. My sister ended up in a career she hated but made money. She still regrets giving up her original path for the sake of job stability and higher pay. My brother did a short stint at community college and was miserable. He quit, and made his own path and is pretty successful in what he does without even an associates degree. I am the "doctor" but lol, I stay at home and homeschool my growing family. I tried a career in my degree and realized it was really something I just enjoyed learning about it, having it as a job held no interest for me after having a family.
On the other hand, I have friends that went, paid their own way, worked their tails off and achieved their goals (one a vet , the other an ESL teacher, and another an PhD scientist)
One thing I did learn from college is how many were there completely wasting their time and money. They had no clue what they wanted to do, got very little from the experience, and weren't much better off after than before. They were just their because mom and dad told them too and were paying for it.
If my children go to college, I want them to have a definitive goal, something that they are truly passionate about. If it's dance or pre-med or whatever that is fine, but I want them to go because they a goal to reach and a plan. I don't want them to go just to go. BUT they have to help pay for it. Scholarship, ROTC, going part time and working part-time, something. Who knows if it will even be financially feasible for us to help them when they are ready but we'll see. Even if we can miraculously pay for all of it for them I don't want to. I want them to invest in their own education and goals.