It was 1986; I had 3 semesters of a microbiology program under my belt when I decided to pursue a more creative field. At the time, many regular universities did not have rigorous Interior Design programs. There were the specialty design schools of course but they were horribly expensive. Since the field didn't require a lot of coursework to start a successful career, I opted for a marketable-skills-based AA degree at a small private college in SF. I financed my education via scholarships, loans, and working 20-30 hours/week to support myself. The total cost was around $15K for both years, and didn't include living expenses and supplies. I felt it was worth it; I have been in this field for about 25 years now.