katilac Posted February 5, 2012 Share Posted February 5, 2012 This has been on my mind lately, particularly in light of the many "is college needed?" threads that have been posted as well. There seems to be a very strong bias in favor of paying for a whole lot more when one's grown or nearly grown children are going to college, as opposed to when they get a job. Of course, it does vary: Some parents don't pay for any expenses at that age, including college, but a working 18-yr-old is expected to pay room and board. And 18-yr-old student is not. Others will also pay for many college expenses, on top of not charging the student room and board. This is often the case even when the student has a job. If your thoughts run along these lines, can you tell me why? Is it an effort to make college the more attractive choice? If you *don't* think college should be the default choice, but still have these rules, what is the reasoning? In either case, is it something you've given a lot of thought to recently, or is it a long-term 'default' type decision? ie, it's the way you grew up or what's common in your area. Clearly kids who decide on college under these rules will get a much larger chunk of the family resources than those who do not. That may make sense IF I am trying to skew the results toward "everyone goes to college," but not so much if I'm open to other paths. If your family is firmly in the "college is not the best path for all" camp, would you consider financing a business opportunity instead? For example, if you are paying tuition for one kid, would you be open to buying the next kid a vending route or such? Talk to me, people. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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