I suffered religious discrimination and didn't finish my university study. As a result, I (meanwhile) continuing scientific research on my own. Some mis-published (published in a wrong venue" or not enough reputable or not popular publisher in the field), some key results (in abstract mathematics).
I'll say I'm "covering" scientific result instead of discovering: as nobody other participates in my scientific program not presented by a degree holder.
Today I got good conversion rate for my nonprofit's fundraising. It appears that very soon my nonprofit will have enough money to pay for a degree program for me.
Should I get a degree to foster my research, or should I have this mindset: "For money I can make my research into Scopus, I don't need a degree."?
Note that I hardly need university study for study. As doing research on my own (with some advices of other scientists in forums sometimes) is working well enough without overhead of somebody paying to advisors. I have the problem not in research but in publication.