If you want to purchase the traditional college experience, with dorms and keg parties,
that can be very expensive.
If on the other hand a student wants an education and a degree from an accredited school,
there are less expensive options.
Living at home and and attending a community college, and then the state university,
can get a BS degree for as little as $25K over 4 years. (Like buying a car, but with better return).
Another option are state technical schools,
Texas State Technical College Waco | Programs | A-Z Listing
They offer AS degrees that are accredited and transferable, but more importantly,
they work closely with employers, so that most of the graduates have jobs when they graduate.