When one thinks of the consequences of NOT obtaining a post-secondary degree, the process is almost staggering. A post-secondary degree is clearly the open-door to Much Higher Salaries. Which is why it worthwhile pursuing one - if you can afford to do so. And, THAT is the hitch! Anybody in a family with an annual income of around $25K a year is barely making a living - and that is (today) measured at 22% of All-American-Families (from Statista here). For a percentage breakdown of households (families) by income-level click here: Statistic: Number of households in the United States by household income in 2019 (in millions) Note in the above link that half the American family-population live at an income of less than $50K a year. So, what's a "livable income" in the US? From the Insider here (but note that you cannot open that site with the google browser you may be using - so see below*). From that site given, this quote: So, going to California ain't so great an idea as many people may think ... ? *Use the "Opera" browser here to do so.