As long as they are paid. Unpaid work, in the form of unpaid internships, already gate out people from low income families. But I would strongly support measures that bring back technical training and non college learning.
Which is the major issue we have today, and it only will get worse. The cost of college is absolutely out of control, and needs to be brought to heel. And a big part of that is saying no to the 7-8 figure salaries of coaches at public universities, reversing athletic programs to be net inflows to academic programs instead of outflows for students, curbing the growth in administrative positions (seriously it is one of the biggest causes for increase in tuition), and more modest construction and facilities. Some of the temples to excess and luxury accommodations at certain public universities are obscene. And don't get me started on the costs of textbooks.
True, but it is more complicated. Much like healthcare, though not as extreme, when demand is inelastic (and currently demand is artificially high due to previously mentioned factors) then prices rise without bound. The only way to adjust this are to alter demand (trade schooling/ alternate paths), or impose outside factors to limit costs (regulate prices strictly). I propose we do both. The alternative is to further stratify opportunity to the already wealthy.
The problem is we are forcing kids into an impossible choice, one they are ill equipped to make. Especially for first generation college students. And it is a shitty choice. 'choose to take life crippling levels of debt to have a chance of landing a decent job that pays 20% less than it would have when your parents entered the work force, or relegate yourself to flipping burgers or working registers at WalMart because there are no good jobs for non college students'. And, further, the amount of the loans is absurdly high, so much so as to make it so that it really is a doomed choice for many.
Which is another reason why every time a Boomer talks about lazy Millenials not getting married/ having kids/ buying houses/ living with their parents at 28 I want to punch said Boomer.
And ties into another problem. Too much aggregating to the top. A greater share of the wealth and income needs to start filtering back to the middle and lower classes. Otherwise the 1% will earn their rich reward some day, at the feet of the National Razor. And, really, had middle class wages risen commensurate with GDP and productivity over the last 30 years much of this would be ameliorated. Now's the time to get serious and aggressive about correcting this.