If you don’t want student debt, don’t go to a private university. It’s pretty simple. No one has to take on that amount of student debt really. It’s a choice, and I don’t see why tax payers have to subsidize that choice, when public universities exist that are already subsidized.
The beginning of my college career was pretty tumultuous, so I went back to school as an adult and did my time at CC until I was ready to transfer. I could not get into any of the public schools that offered the major I was working toward.