Don't get confused by the terminology. "College" and "higher education" simply refers to any type of education or career training you receive after graduating from high school or getting a GED. Even universities are often called colleges!
The work world is changing and employers are looking for people with more skills than the people they are replacing or hiring new. You will - more than likely - need more education to land a job than your parents or even older siblings needed when they started working.
If you want to escape a work life of never ending low-paying jobs, you will need some college. But don't think college is only about getting a four-year bachelor's degree. Many good paying jobs require skills learned through short-term certificates that you earn at state colleges (two-year) or other private career schools.
Don't let the costs of paying for college stop you from attending. Besides saving for college; you can work while attending college. Student financial aid is available to help the majority of students.