A man had been saddled by tuition fee debt in his youth, and despite being able to afford his daughter’s tuition he refused to, saying paying it off was an important experience to build character. Here is what he had to say:
He Could Afford To Pay The Fees
The man explained, “I should preface that I can easily afford the cost of my daughter’s tuition, but refuse to do so. I find that overcoming life’s obstacles are what makes us who we are.”
He Didn’t Want To Be a Snowplow Parent
He explained that there is a term for a parent who removed all obstacles from their children’s path – the snowplow parent. The man felt that the children of these parents are incapable of doing anything for themselves.
He Wanted To Raise His Daughter Right
The man said, “I don’t want her to end up like one of these kids.” So he went to quite extreme lengths to ensure his daughter wouldn’t grow up without facing obstacles in life.
He Knew The Consequences Of Debt
Even though the man was financially comfortable and well aware of the burden that student debt imposed on people, he refused to pay for her tuition.
She Struggled To Find Financial Support
The man even acknowledged his own firsthand experience with such financial challenges from tuition debt. However, his daughter told him that their wealth disqualifies her from receiving financial aid.
She Was In A Difficult Situation
This meant his daughter had limited options available to her to fund her education. Leaving her worried not only about the debt it would leave her in, but about also where she would secure funding from in the first place!
They Discussed It
So, his daughter confronted him about this, but he remained steadfast in his decision. He had had to face the obstacle of paying off tuition fee debt, and thought that challenge had done him good in life, so why shouldn’t his daughter?
He Was Confident She Would Succeed
The man did not view his daughter as inconsiderate for wanting financial support, understanding her aspirations to pursue a career in medicine, and acknowledging her academic prowess. He was confident in her ability to succeed, regardless of who paid for her education.
Was The Man In The Wrong?
Now, faced with the dilemma of whether to financially support their daughter’s college education or stick to their belief in allowing her to face the burden of tuition costs, the parent seeks other perspectives to determine if they are, the one at fault in this situation.
The Internet Responded
One person said, “If she were truly independent of you, she would be eligible for financial aid. The very least you could do would be to offer her interest-free loans. BTW, crushing debt doesn’t build character.”
Another Person Had an Opinion
“So are you saying that since you suffered the burden of debt you would want your daughter also to suffer. I hope your daughter becomes a successful doctor or related and then cuts contact with you because she would be busy enjoying her success and paying her debt. Also none of my friends I know are unsuccessful because their parents (mine included) paid their tuition especially when they could afford it. I agree it is your money but it seems you want your daughter to suffer only because you went through it.”
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