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Praetorianus May 18th, 2017 1:14am

If you had a grown child about to enter college, would your willingness to help out financially with tuition (assume you can afford it) depend on whether or not you approve of the major they choose?

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cpaswr just say the letters
05/18/17 3:56 pm

I'm planning on paying for my son's Bachelors degree.

corino Utah
05/18/17 7:23 am

You wanna be a doctor. Keep your grades up and don't worry about the money. Besides they'll have internships, I won't have to pay for it all.

You want a PhD in "Women's studies?" What the hell is that anyway?

singkitty In the cloud
05/18/17 6:46 pm

😂😂😂If you want to be a doctor even with great grades you're going pay $$$$$$. Even if you "help" they're looking at serious debt. They'll be lucky if they're successful enough to pay them off by age 40.

rons Thanks America
05/18/17 5:12 am

Pay the full boat. I did it with my son. In addition I burned his IOU's to me. I wanted him to start his career debt free. He did work in college as a programmer and systems admin foe car and food expense. I charged him rent after college and working until he left the nest. I put up a lot of party balloon on moving day.

krayzewolf New Hampshire
05/18/17 2:29 am

Nope. They can take a loan, or join the military.

MyRedSkirt Cali
05/18/17 2:15 am

My money, my choice on how to spend it.

No liberal crap. (Race, gender, etc)
No arts.
No lame vocational school either.

singkitty In the cloud
05/18/17 4:13 am

I have a BFA and it's been extremely valuable to my career as a graphic designer. I make decent money in my profession and I've paid off my student loans. So tell me again how an arts degree is useless.

gluxford1 Arizona
05/17/17 10:16 pm

If they decided to major in some pinko SJW course like "gender studies" or "white privilege studies", then they wouldn't receive a dime from me.

Praetorianus In the uncanny valley
05/17/17 11:04 pm

OK, if it seems a worthless subject like those you mentioned I'd balk, too.

BlueLine Georgia
05/17/17 10:10 pm

To some degree yes. They aren't going to get some stupid worthless degree if I'm paying for it.

badattitude no place like home
05/17/17 9:03 pm

Yes, it's if it's my money they're not going to waste it on a$100,000 degree in art appreciation like my brothers daughter did. What a waste. She can't even work in a museum. The most she could hope for was a job in an art gallery at the mall. Now she arranges flowers for a florist for minimum wage. Great job snowflake. How'd the march in Washington, D.C. Work out for you that your dad paid for too. Idiots.

Praetorianus In the uncanny valley
05/17/17 9:48 pm

Ouch. I imagined there could be a lucrative job in appraising the value and determining whether a painting is a real Picasso or such for a fee of, say 10% at its sales price at auction.

badattitude no place like home
05/17/17 10:10 pm

That's a completely different degree. These schools should be held liable for courses that there is no job for. Or at least have it in big flashing neon letters when you sign up. But she and her mother believe that the gubment will take care of you.

Herodotos Ellada
05/17/17 8:22 pm

As long as it isn't something useless like gender studies.

NKarta Please excuse my sanity
05/17/17 8:18 pm

As long as its possible to live off of, sure. Im not paying for a major in basket weaving.

Amykl Temecula, CA
05/17/17 7:57 pm

Our son is about to start college this fall. He is highly ambitious, goal driven and wants several degrees in engineering. We are very supportive of his choice and want him to be successful. He is doing things the right way and couldn't be happier or more proud!

FIAT2LUX On Planet Earth
05/17/17 7:38 pm

If it's the area my child is passionate about, I'll support it.

bluerum29 optimistic idealist
05/17/17 7:24 pm

No, I'm most likely not helping regardless. I'm paying for my own. Mine will be done being paid for around 50. So, the kid needs to make smart financial decisions when it comes to college

Liberty 4,032,064
05/17/17 7:15 pm

Absolutely. They'd need to be able to show a return to justify the investment.

4boot LaTrineodeur, MN
05/17/17 7:03 pm

Yes, if the child wants to spend money on a non marketable major, then it won't be my money.

orgblu10 Shamerica
05/17/17 6:34 pm

I have a freshman in college. I'll advise her, since I have a background in that area, but it's her decision.

stickman46 NJ
05/17/17 6:25 pm

they should follow their passion and a parent should not put a contingency on it.

Praetorianus In the uncanny valley
05/17/17 6:28 pm

There are examples where it may be difficult.
Imagine the parents are devout Christians and the child wants to major in Arabic or Islamic studies.

Liberty 4,032,064
05/17/17 7:17 pm

There are much cheaper ways to "follow your passion."

CoffeeNow Powderpuff Leftist
05/17/17 9:30 pm

Maybe they're preparing for another crusade

Praetorianus In the uncanny valley
05/17/17 6:18 pm

No. We'd have a few talks but if they're determined, I'd (grudgingly) accept their decision and support them, it's their life.