On the other hand, if you do want to go to college, it can be very expensive. On average, in-state tuition alone averages $25,290. Private school tuition is even higher. If you one day want to go to college, consider signing a short-term military contract. Once you’re done, you can go back to school on the GI Bill. You’ll also receive a living stipend based to assist with living costs. Check out this GI Bill comparison tool to see which bill benefits you the most.