11/21/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

By The Numbers: The Worth Of A College Degree

What with high unemployment rates and soaring costs of higher education, there's no shortage of skepticism about whether a college degree is truly worth the time and expense. Whether college is a good investment or not is a question that has come up again and again and again and again. Here are some important, often surprising figures to help you decide--not only if a degree is worth it, but also where to go to school, what to study, and how you might possibly have a shot in hell at paying for college without piling up massive debt.