@comfyshoes and Sunny27- Good points about community college being cheaper! However, I wanted to clarify a few things about the price of private colleges (and four year colleges in general).
I work at a college access program where we work directly with high school students. One thing that I always highlight to my students is that there is a difference between sticker price and net price. Sticker price is what the school says is their cost to attend and net price being what families will pay after their financial aid. Many private schools have great funding so it usually turns out to be nowhere near the sticker price! With that being said, I also always highly encourage students to apply to a mix of private and public four year schools.
I'd also like to point out that although an associate's degree is cheaper to obtain, the amount of money one makes afterwards with that degree, on average, will be lower than someone who graduates with a bachelor's degree. In fact, there has been a study done to show that in the long run, people are essentially getting paid to go to college.
With all of that being said, I think money determines a lot of our lives and it really shouldn't. What's most important is that students find the right fit for them and pursue whatever will help them excel and be successful in school and afterwards.