i was a teen runaway, never even went to high school. needless to say, i was fucked up for a while. of course, i have an incredibly deep, twisted past, as most do. to make a really long story short, i got my ged when i was 27, went to college at 30, and it was hands down the best decision i ever made. just about any degree program you go through will require you to take amazing classes. some of my favorites were biology (btw, i'm a nurse), philosohphy, anthropology, psychology, bio-chemistry. remember...i never went to high school. barely made it through middle school. no science classes ever. i turned out to be an "A" average student, graduating in the top 3% of my class. i love to learn, but have an ineptitude when it comes to self-discipline and study. i typically trip along, absorbing, rather that systematically studying. this may work well for you. if, on the other hand, you need a little structure (ie:deadlines), then college is for you. if you are taking student loans, you should be sure you want to be there. oh yeah, you get paid a bit more if you have a degree. even though money isn't all that important in the eyes of people like us, the reality of the moment is that we live in a monetary based society. think about it this way...you could use your wealth to help support your community.