I was contacted on Facebook about the problem with for profit colleges and student loans. Many college and trade schools lie about career potential and leave students with a worthless piece of paper and a ton of debt.
Since having a skill or preferably skills that people will pay for is a requisite if someone doesn't hit the lottery or have a trust fund let's start there. I went to community college and then a state school and felt like it was a pretty good deal. Not only because of the cost savings, but because I screwed up the first time around. Keeping debt to a bare minimum and picking a program that will allow service of that debt upon graduation IMO is the only sensible choice.
However, I am not a guidance counselor, so here are a few links the first being a Facebook group on the subject. Linked is some reading on the college and non-college route, hopefully providing some tips to avoid the numerous scams and pitfalls.
25 tips for choosing a college - CBS News
The Highest Paying In-Demand Jobs In America - Forbes
The Best-Paying Jobs For Workers With High School Degrees - Forbes