All I can say is wow! Today my traffic exploded to where at 9am this morning I had my biggest day ever all ready!
This is all due to the coverage by msn's MoneyBlog on my piece "College the Poor Kids Way." It obviously stirred up strong emotions as I thought it might.
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Now for a quick follow-up to the posting:
Some background on me, as some believe this is driven by my background:
- Paid for College 100% by myself, but lived with family (Aunt and Uncle). So no room and board costs
- Parents couldn't afford support other then moral, which was great!
- Worked at minimum wage jobs in LA - Pizza place, Music Stores etc..
- Wife did same
- $150k/yr+ Income - Not a brag, just some said it couldn't be done if you paid your own way
- Just turned 39...so not a late baby boomer that doesn't care
- Don't drive an expensive car
- Nice house, but we can afford it. Bought our first house at 35.
- Support our kids, play with them, at every game, every ballet show. Made decision 6 years ago that wife would stay at home to offer even more support to them
- Kids aren't brats...most of the time :)
I think that answers most of the questions asked.
There was a ton of great input given and great arguments made on both sides of the table on whether or not kids should pay their own way through College or not. There was, for me, great middle ground pitches made on partial pay, tying it to grades, only paying for classes of an appropriate major (ie no Klingon 301!). Regardless of your personal decision, I say, do what's right for you and your kids. Even if you want to pay 100%
One thing to consider for those that were pretty adamant that I was Hitler Jr w/Cheese for not paying 100%: Where does the chain break? College only? I can make your same case for a down payment on a house. And beyond...
Even with this dip in home costs it is very tough to buy a house on a decent starting salary, say $40K in a decent sized city. A $200K house would need a $40k deposit (to be at 20%). Maybe I should do that for the kids? I want them in good housing and living at the level that they did with us. It would be even more if I wanted them to be in a bigger house more like where they live now. Not even taking about furnishing it either.
What about when they are starting subsidizing a bit of their salary? Johnny is only gonna make $40k to start, which is tough. I could supplement another $20k and make it easier on them to not get loaded into debt.
I know this thinking loses people with each step, but at some point kids have to start living their life and not just be an extension of us. Is that point 18, 22, 30?? Not sure, but it probably is different for each kid.
As I said before; Thanks for visiting and come back often!