Are Tampa Bay Area Kids College Material? It’s a big decision. Many of our young adults were told years ago that college was their best option for any kind of future. And the “then” president added, and now we’ve made it affordable for all so there is no reason not to go and do your best. Now thousands (maybe millions?) of those same young folks are praying for loan forgiveness. Today, college enrollment is down by 10 million, over 10 years ago. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center says fewer and fewer are finding the benefits in college worth the effort. Many are entering the work force right out of high school, or going in other directions.