Worked days, went to school at night. Ended up with no debts whatsoever. Only went to college to become a little more well rounded ( logic, philosophy, history, writing ). Already a well paid pipe fitter - welder. Plus I had some life lessons behind me. Went in my 30s. I ate the younger students alive. Not to mention getting laid effortlessly. Young girls love men with experience, once they get a taste of it.
Not a boomer but common sense should rule your day.
A “degree” is only worth the ability to pay it back should you choose to put yourself in debt to do so.
Supply and demand.