I think a CS degree is very valuable. Of course I'm sure you'll find people to argue the opposite. It's really not the value of the paper but it's really the experience. But yeah I would also say it helps a little with the job finding aspect, a lot of places only hire graduates, and some only hire CS graduates. So take it as you will. It's not easy to get a college degree either, let alone a CS degree. It's 4 years of sometime very difficult coursework.