A degree from a state college will get you the same thing a "pedigree" from an overpriced college will.
Unless you are riding on scholarships
that will pay for everything or your parents have unending money to spend, it is not a good way to start off your young life owing your soul to SallieMae.
It's not worth it. Of all my mistakes, at least I don't have school debt. It was the local state college for me.
In fact, I do not believe most kids fresh out of high school should jump into college. Take a year off and test the waters. Go through an LPN program at the vocational school and see if you even like nursing enough to pursue it (then, you can even get a decent job to help put yourself through school rather than one of those crummy min. wage jobs at the pizza parlor!)
If I could only be 17 again, I know exactly what I would do...