Apr 19, 2009


CollegeTruths by Roy Philipose
1) College is a business with no guarantee.
2) Students secure the college's future.
3) Students take the risk and college gets the reward.
4) Student loans are non dis-chargeable. You still owe regardless.
5) Starting salaries are going down, while tuition is going up.
6) College is recommended, not required for success.
7) College counselors are mostly sales representatives.
8) College is a casino. Students gamble on their future.
9) School doesn't guarantee your success. You guarantee theirs.
10) College will only boast about the few students who do well.
11) When you are done with school, school is done with you.
12) Many graduates have low paid jobs or no job at all.
13) Students can educate themselves at the general bookstore.
14) College doesn't acknowledge the Real Truth.
15) Students can start in sales without a college degree.
16) Going to school doesn't guarantee a job, salary, or success.
17) Starting salaries for most graduates is $25,000 a year.
18) About half of all students don't even graduate on time.
19) Students will spend a fortune to earn minimum wage.
20) There are more college graduates out there than good jobs.

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Fox News - "The College Scam"
ABC 20/20 - "College is a Rip Off"
Student Loan Justice - Site
"Accepted" College Movie
My "College Truth I" - Video

About Me
I went to college for many years because I thought I had to. In the end, I came out no better than before. I would like to thank the many who told me to go and stay.
Roy Philipose, Entrepreneur
Author, The Future Capitalist

School List
I helped these schools (
CCP, Temple, Drexel, LaSalle) become very successful. When I needed help, they didn't care at all.

Update: July 2020
I am enrolled in the online BA program at SNHU. I had switched over to BA from BS, which has made a big difference for me. My goal is finish up later this year to further my career in finance. I plan to offer additional college advice afterwards. 

Update (Nov 2014)
I wanted to include some facts and figures. This will help you understand why I put up this page and made the college truth videos. 

Years attempted college (undergrad 93-05) 12y FT
Total credits earned (college credits) 120 cr

Total student debt outstanding (federal) $61K

Total tuition spent (formal education) $120K
Total gross earnings (past 20 years) $120K
Return of investment (job earnings) 0

As you can see, the above numbers don't look very good. I also left out the defaulted private student debt (which made my credit bad for many years). That is the danger of pushing people to go to school when they don't want to go in the first place. And of course, the PPP (Parents, Professionals (advisers), and Politicians) doesn't want to be held accountable. If members of the PPP wants kids to go and stay in college so badly, than they should pay for most of it...not part of it.

So far, college was the dumbest investment I have ever made. I would have done better, if I kept my fast food and retail job I had 20 years ago. At minimum I would have grossed $500K, over the next 20 years, instead of only $120K. I have grossed more from the stock market than the college market. You don't need to stay in college if you want to be an artist, investor, or entrepreneur.

My college adviser, Diana Estrada of Temple University, should be proud. Back in 1997/98, she told me a few times not to 'drop out'. I recently called her up and she repeated the same thing. She has done well for herself (Plan B). I haven't. She should be proud. But that's the game. And you are playing one.

Years of college has made me poorer, not richer. That is why I complain so much about it. For you students though, college might turn out to be a good investment. College does have a purpose. But that is the gamble that you are going to take. Hopefully, you play it smart.

Note: I plan to release an extended "College Truth 2" FAQ (advice) in a separate blog posting. The FAQ will help with questions like: How should I pay for school? Should I go to college? Should I stay in college? What should I major in? Etc....

Copyright Roy Philipose 2020.