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Columns Votes - December 2006

How did you pay for your college education?

Comments on Parental Support

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If I had it to do all over again, I would have had my parents pay for all of it.

I am so fortunate to have had parents that paid for my entire (out-of-state) college tuition. I never had to worry about paying off loans nor did I have to worry about debt. It was a lot of stress that I did not have to deal with, and it was nice to know that I could focus on my education without having to worry about how I would pay for it. Like I first said, I am so fortunate that my parents paid for college. Many of my friends took out student loans and I know that even after graduation, they are still worried about how they are going to pay it off.

Parents paid for around three-quarters. I worked summers and some while attending school.

My mother cleaned toilets to pay my tuition. Because of that, I valued my degree and studied hard. I worked at the HUB part-time for incidentals. As a teacher, I later saw low-income minority students were given tuition, though they protested they did not want college. I had to work to pay my kids’ tuition. Inequity?

I was fortunate that my parents paid for my entire school expenses, including room, board and allowance. Tuition was considerably lower when I attended the UW from 1955—1961 and paid out-of-state tuition until I became a Washington resident and paid resident tuition when I became 21. My parents did not want me to work part-time while attending school.

My son (1997–2000) and daughter (1985–1989) also attended the UW and both lived on campus. We covered all their expenses, thanks to early financial planning and the favorable stock market condition.

Parents/Family Members = a small inheritance that paid for two years of community college + 3 years at the UW. My parents paid for my housing while I was at the UW and I had a part-time job for spending money.

Since my parents covered all of my college education expenses, I did not have to deal with the extreme stress of supporting myself, juggling work, school and socializing that some of my friends dealt with. I did work while I was in school but I didn’t have the burden of always trying to figure out if I was going to have enough money to support myself. I had friends who dropped out because there just wasn’t enough money or hours in the day to study, attend class and work to make enough money.

I had no idea how blessed I was to have my parent’s pay for my education. I am now the mother of four children and this is a big concern for me. I hope to provide all my children with the same opportunity my parents gave to me.

I am so glad I did not have student loans. That would have been hard for me to pay for after graduation, at least during my first few jobs. The gift my parents gave me was a gift of a lifetime. I hope to be able to do the same for my children.

I worked 25 hr/week and paid for living expenses. The folks paid tuition. The good part of this is it made me very organized and focused. The bad part was that I had almost no social life and couldn’t take advantage of the social part of the student experience.

My family could afford tuition as I lived at home, used the bus for transportation and did not participate in any weekday extra curricular activities. I was fortunate to live in Seattle.

My parents paid tuition and books, minus a $1,000 Alpha Tau Omega scholarship I had one year. I worked construction jobs every summer, and one school year I worked at Suzzallo library. My parents also loaned me $8,800 over the four years to pay partial room and board. I paid all of that back. It was all positive. I’m really grateful for the experience.

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