I can see how you would feel this way. I paid my way through college with a part time job thirty years ago, but I know it is not possible to do that today. I am stunned at how the price of higher education has sky-rocketed.
I am a retired teacher and I can still see the worth of an education. Pricey as it is, no one can take it away from you. Will you be able to use it to its full extent and worth in this crazy economy? I don't know. Perhaps the economy will improve in the coming years and maybe it won't. I would still choose today to get an education even if I had to start out life with a huge debt. The degree is one piece of paper I think is important and says something in this world. You are more than just a typical unskilled laborer or blue collar laborer. You have knowledge and intelligence, not that the other's don't, but you have put yourself into a different category. Is it worth it? Only you can determine that through your life and how you choose to live it.