did your parents pay for your college?
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*I do know that some parents save from birth for their kids education and thats up to them, but generally I think if you have to pay for yourself, you'll put more effort into succeeding*
Posted Mon Jan 31, 2011 03:13 PM
Right now I'm out of school, but I will finish soon.
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Posted Mon Jan 31, 2011 03:32 PM
I put myself through school. My parents were more than comfortable, but decided to do what their parents did - not pay for college. But their parents didn't have the means, and at that time, college degrees were worth more. Now they're expected. It was particularly irritating because when I applied for college, I had to report all of my parents' financial data. They actually calculate "expected parental contribution", which I scored a high number for, but my parents paid for nothing. As a result, I had higher interest rates.
If and when I have children, my goal is to give them the tools (education, financial skills, etc.) to be productive adults. That begins before college, and I would do my best to fund their education, so long as they keep their end of the bargain.
When I think about the parenting style of my parents, I would say that it indeed taught me to be self sufficient, but at the cost of not being close to my family. I hope that I can someday strike a balance with my own future children.
Posted Mon Jan 31, 2011 04:15 PM
I had the time of my life at university. I was finally being taught the things I ached to know. I couldn't have enough of it. I still can't. So many things to learn, and so little time.
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Posted Tue Feb 01, 2011 04:14 AM
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I committed to go to a state university and got some scholarships. My 5 years of education cost less than $10,000. I gave a thousand to my brother to help him as he went over his $10,000.
I worked summers to pay for books, and expenses.
My dedication to learning was a gift from my father. I learned to sacrifice from him. All three of my kids went to private high school, they got scholarships and we paid. All three have gone to college and all three have at least $25,000 each in college loans. J and I have paid $175,000 all included for their educations starting in the 9th grade. We have been paying tuition since 1994. When D graduated 5 weeks ago we finally finished, although we still have another 5 years to pay on the loans we took on for him. I will be 65 when we finish.
Because of my education I got to do work that I love. My work is who I am it is not a job. Because of that I hope to work until I am 70. Its a good thing that I love my work because I can't afford to retire. LOL
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