Paying for college out of pocket sucks!!!!

Kim - posted on 06/03/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Thank God I only have one child. I couldn't imagine paying for another one to get a higher education.

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Laura - posted on 06/11/2009

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I agree with all of you to a certain degree. I agree that kids should have to pay for their education but it's a hefty price these days and an awful big debt to undertake at the beginning of their career. But you can certainly do research and find a school with a good rep. that maybe doesn't cost as much as the big universities. But, Kim, this will burn your britches. My lovely Govenor has made it possible for illegal immigrants to attend our top notch most expensive University at in state resisdent prices. So just over the state border, totally legal residents pay more than those who are illegal. Not sure how long you have to be a state resident to have that apply but can you see the abuse of that happening so very quickly. I don't have any children in college yet but the ladies in my bunco group do and several have said especially with this University that they are the wrong race,wrong financial bracket to get any assistance. The middle class should be able send their kids to school, that's the assumption but that's just not the case anymore. With all the other things we are hit up for long range savings suffer. I don't have a problem with helping the deserving no matter what their race or financial situation but how can make it so that all will have opportunity to get help. So much money is allocated for minorities and the poor to go to school which is great but if it's not being used on kids that qualify (grade and ambition wise)can't it be reallocated to others who need help that aren't a minority and living at poverty levels?

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Pat - posted on 01/16/2013

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I know it sucks to pay out of pocket. But what if it is your only option. And you are having to pay for your own college. I know, cause I did it. Get ready for a bundle of fun. (sarcastically) You are limited to community college and most likely you will have to attend only part time. Attending part time reduces your tution bills drastically and allows you more time to work. How fun.

Forget summer school. Its more like full time summer work.

Also you have to borrow books from library or classmates and you might also have to sell half your stuff to make some money to pay for the first semester. You can also go on "partial payment plan". But even then times do get "tough", you have to skip semesters your bank account doesn't allow you to register

As to why I did this? Its simple, I was brought up on the principle that since college is a personal choice, you have to pay for it yourself. Therefore I won't even feel like college student unless I pay up front. How you like that. I don't like it too much.

I might skip a semester next time. Or I need to go back into saving mode. I hate not being able to get anything. Sigh.

Kim - posted on 06/11/2009

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AMEN SISTER! The middle class get overlooked in most everything. We are hard working families living paycheck to paycheck. We work for what we have. It's not given to us while we sit on our behinds, yet it's the nonworking families that benefit the most. What's up with that? My son deserves to get a great education as well and not put his parents in debt. My son has told that there are so many kids in college with him who could care less about studying. I bet you those kids are there on our money too. It burns me up!!!!

Kim - posted on 06/04/2009

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Oh, don't get me wrong, my son will have fed stafford loans to repay as well, but he didn't deserve this after years of hard work and dedication and achieving outstanding goals. What's up with grants given to students who didn't apply themselves at all during high school. All they had to do was be a minority, poor or military. You call that fair! Hell no!!! Hard work is not rewarded in our country. Being lazy bums is what our country promotes. Look at our welfare system.....we give them food, housing, health insurance, and now free cell phones! When did a phone become a necessity? Use a freaking pay phone!!!! Cell phones are luxuries that people on welfare don't deserve. Why do we hard working people put up with this. It's our money that's being given to these lazy bums. Reward the people who deserve it and maybe the lazy people will get up off their asses when they see no one is going to pay their way. Sorry, but this is a sore subject with me.

User - posted on 06/04/2009

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I agree to with Cindy somewhat. My daughter will be graduating from high school this morning. She will be going to college this fall, but she will be paying back loans to do so. If I had a lot of money, then I would maybe rethink this, but I do think she will appreciate this education more now that she is paying for it herself. She is very excited about it and hasn't complained at all. As long as she is able to go, is all she wanted and now that she has accomplished that goal, she is happy.

User - posted on 06/04/2009

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I agree to with Cindy somewhat. My daughter will be graduating from high school this morning. She will be going to college this fall, but she will be paying back loans to do so. If I had a lot of money, then I would maybe rethink this, but I do think she will appreciate this education more now that she is paying for it herself. She is very excited about it and hasn't complained at all. As long as she is able to go, is all she wanted and now that she has accomplished that goal, she is happy.

Cindy - posted on 06/03/2009

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You know...I feel if I get my kids through high school, it's up to them to have done well in school and get scholarships, A+ programs etc...if they REALLY want to go to college. I disagree with society thinking it's the parents responsibility to send their kids to college. Let them earn their own way! They'll appreciate it more, than being handed over the money to do it, and maybe they'll actually USE the degree they receive? There's way too many out there that aren't even using their college educations. Tell me when and why did this become parents responsibility to pay for it? They're(the kid) an adult...let them do that for themselves. To me it's like buying their car, their house etc...it's their responsibility not parents!

Kim - posted on 06/03/2009

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Where is here? I always taught my son that if he did well in school and got good grades, that he would be offered scholarships. What a crock!!! I feel so bad that I misled my son and that our government has decided that being poor, being a minority, being a military dependent, etc. is more important than a student who not only excelled in his academics but was also well-rounded. He was the captain of the baseball team and a teacher's assistant. We have applied for so many scholarships just to dig that knife in deeper and deeper. This has left me very bitter over our society and how it treats well-deserving children. I don't care if you are black, Mexican, Asian, rich, poor, military or civilian....if you do the work and earn acknowlegement of your success, then, by God, give the child his/her due reward. This "no child left behind" has actually started leaving behind the wrong children. Those who have worked for the right to go to college. The ones the government pays for to go to college, are usually the ones who either don't want to be there or they just get by on the seat of their pants. My son, even in college, has pulled a full load of 16 credits and worked a part-time job. He is now a Resident Advisor, where he is responsible for his dorm, and taking a full load. He is so motivated to succeed, that it really hurts me that he is denied any type of scholarship. So, be careful what you promise your children if they do well in school. As in my case, the government screwed us!!!!!!!!

Joanne - posted on 06/03/2009

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hi Kim. my son is due to start college in september. its good for the kids and parents here as the government pays for college education.

Joanne - posted on 06/03/2009

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hi Kim. my son is due to start college in september. its good for the kids and parents here as the government pays for college education.

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