Thanks. In Mark's case, his BS in web programming and design was a very practical and economic move. However, like many of us pursuing interdisciplinary stuff (art + tech, etc.), I assume his choice to continue on to grad school is partially motivated by the personal/academic/artistic journey that education provides.
I think the Maker movement is challenging the definition and value of 'traditional' higher education - a type of education that favors read/write, auditory, visual learning styles (VARK model). I feel that the maker movement and studio-based education allows students with different learning styles (kinesthetic learners - tinkerers, actors, sculptors, etc) to excel and be valued for their work. Unfortunately our didactic, behaviorist K12 education system tends to discourage tinkerers, often to the point that they think that ‘higher education’ may not be right for them…. or at least that's my personal opinion on the matter.
She went to her 3rd choice school, which was a small private school. They offered her the aid she needed to be able to attend. It sounds like she received scholarships and tuition remission-like aid. I don't think that either her or her family had to borrow money. She currently does not have any student debt from her undergraduate education.