Is college worth the cost? The question has echoed in the halls of government, over the family dinner table and throughout the media for decades. But the alarm bell has rung even louder in recent years, when student loan debt in the United States grew to over $1.2 trillion and tuition increases continued at nearly triple the rate of inflation.Just this summer the debate about the cost of college seemed to reach a fever pitch, as dueling perspectives seized national headlines. Read more at Is college worth the cost? Opinion – CNN.com.