College is a business which sells a product called an education. In recent decades, the price for this product has increased much faster than inflation.
Some people believe they can get an education without paying the asking price. In fact, they suspect, no institution or person holds a patent on that product; that an education can be virtually free if you know how to go about getting one.
Is it reasonable to assume that the real world can be a good place to get an education; one that stacks up well against a college education?
I submit it is. Granted, this path is not signposted as well as the one to college. But there are infinite resources available for those who choose to travel it. Here are just three to tease your tastebuds: