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Should parents pay for college tuition?

( Updated: 2014-11-21 08:26


Both my brother and I are university graduates. My parents could have easily paid for all our college expenses. Yet what happened was they ended up paying very little. Why? Because my parents instilled a fantastic work ethic into their children. They created an environment where we strived to be self-reliant. So while we knew we had the means, we both still wanted to succeed with minimal financial aid. Both my brother and I received scholarships and both of us worked to subsist our education. Therein is a big problem I see in today's youth: how many of them actually work in high school anymore? How many strive to work harder to gain those valuable scholarships or government grants? All I see nowadays is "mommy and daddy will pay for it or I will just take out a bunch of loans." This does not bode well for this country's future.

Should parents pay for college tuition?

Diao Hanjing talks on the phone at her squid barbecue eatery in Chengdu, Sichuan province, Oct 11, 2013. Diao, a student at University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, became an Internet celebrity following reports she can earn roughly 100,000 yuan ($16,420) a month, an income most college graduates can only dream about. [Photo/]

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