That's because you didn't specifically ask that. You asked about people that society doesn't think would be good investments. I answered that by saying that whether or not it's a good investment should be left up to the individual, not society. What more do you want? I could list for you some factor that I think a person should consider, but nothing in there would be binding on anyone else, merely what I would consider. For example, you should consider what you actually want to do with your life. When I was in college, I had several friends who were there (mostly financed through student loans) because they didn't know what they wanted to do. Several of them dropped out of college with thousands of dollars in debt and nothing to show for it. Others got degrees that didn't help them find jobs when they graduated. (For example, one couldn't find a job with her Theater degree, and wound up working at Barnes and Noble, where she eventually moved into management.) If you don't know what you want to do with you life (at least in a general fashion), then the answer isn't to go to college, but to step out into the world and try to figure out what you want to do. Once you know that, you can try going to college (if it's necessary). You should consider the cost of the school that you want to attend (both the tuition and the living expenses), and how much you are likely to earn as a return on that specific investment. If a Bachelor's from State isn't going to earn you more money than an Associate's from Community College, but will cost you three times as much and twice the time, it doesn't make sense to earn the Bachelor's degree. On top of all that, it's important to compare your dreams and your limitations. A lot of kids want to be an astronaut when they grow up, but NASA only takes so many applicants. You should ask if it's actually realistic for you to achieve your specific dream, or do you need to temper your dream with a little more reality? Those are just some of the considerations that a person needs to review before deciding if college is the best course for them. In most cases, people just aren't doing that (or helping their kids do that) before they pressure them into a 4-year college.