Sorceress Sarah wrote:The DOD program is a good deal. It is a wonderful thing to emerge from university with degree in hand and without a mountain of debt.
But that's not what really happens...you emerge from university with a huge debt. Potentially four or six years of your life after school, being controlled by a government program. Again, for some people that might be okay. As an 18 year old, you'll be making the decision to hand control of the next 8 to 12 years of your life to someone else.
Maybe you'll never want to change majors, you'll never want to take that summer backpacking trip to Africa, or you'll never come up with a great idea and build your own company while the idea is fresh and you have the energy to work 20 hour days.
And based on the reading of their policies, you risk suddenly being in enormous debt if you make one mistake.
The lure of the money is huge...that's what it's supposed to do. But for creative and independent people, what price can you put on the peak years of your life?
Just something to think about. I find it hard to believe an 18 year old would truly be able to understand the consequences of their decision when signing up for something like this.