30 years ago you could:
1. Drop out of high school
2. Get hired into a UNION job turning nuts on an assembly line
3. Afford a home, a car, a family, insurance, etc.
4. BE FINANCIALLY SECURE WITHOUT GOING TO SOME STUPID COLLEGE FOR 4 OR 6 YEARS. This is bullshit!
Well, you won't get any argument from me! I can remember gas for 25 cents a gallon and postage stamps for 4 cents. My best friend in college had a brother who decided against college and trained as a mason/bricklayer instead. Both brothers did very well!
But you do have that one possibility, right? Why not focus your enrgies and attention on that for the time being? It may work out that they want a follow-up interview, for example.
Just a thought.