Let’s forget the polite greeting for today. This is a subject I’ve seen so much debate about and I have got to put my opinion out there.
To be a writer, do you have to go to college?
All I have to say is No. You do not have to do anything. Does it help? Yes. But not a necessity if you have the fundamentals of grammar and language.
I will admit, thus far I have yet to go to college for writing or even English. Am I going to go to college? Yes. I plan to this fall. However, it isn’t a necessity to be done tomorrow to do it.
Also depends on what you’re writing though. Journalism you can freelance but don’t make a ton of money. Go to college. Novelists? Well if you can spin a good story, then why waste the money to go to learn where to put a period? Yes, I always feel like college is a good step and foundation, but unless you have a passion worth spending 100k+ on, find yourself first.