A Parent Paid for Their Son’s College Education, but When He Failed Every Class Because of Partying, the Parent Refused to Indulge Him Anymore – Would You Do the Same?

A parent had been paying for their son’s college expenses, something they were happy and willing to do due to his initial effort in school. However, their opinion of their son soon began to change, prompting them to make a significant decision. 

A Huge Opportunity

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The person’s son, who was 18 years old, had embarked on his college journey the previous year. “I was willing to cover the costs as it was a chance for him to spread his wings and move forward with his life”, the parent explained.

A Series of Failures

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However, a significant issue arose. The parent’s son had failed every class in his first semester, except for one.  

Partying, Not Learning

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The parent explained the reasoning for their son’s failures at college. “He is using his college as a party place… he doesn’t go to class or turn his work in.”

A Confrontation

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The parent enquired about his struggles, but he explained that he had simply lost track of time. He also confessed that the college had taken action, putting him on probation.

A Stern Ultimatum

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Determined to help their son succeed and make the most of his college experience, the parent laid down a clear ultimatum. “I told him he needs to get off probation and get at least Cs this semester with no issues, or I won’t pay anymore.”

A Call From the Police

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However, the parent’s hopes that their son would turn his education around were quickly beginning to deteriorate. One night, they received a call asking them to pick up their son from the police station. 

Continuing to Fail

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It turned out that the young man had been busted whilst attending a party. The parent, undeterred, asked their son to pull up his grades, only to discover that he was failing all his classes once again.

A Difficult Decision

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True to their word, the parent informed their son that they were no longer willing to pay for his college education. “I told him I am done”, they wrote. “I will pay for him to finish this semester but I won’t pay for college after that.”

A Heated Argument

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This announcement led to a heated argument between the parent and their son. “I told him I don’t think he smart enough for college because he can’t learn from his mistakes”, they recounted. In response, the son insulted his parent for their harsh words, further escalating the tension. 

The Ex-Partner’s Input

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The parent’s decision didn’t sit well with their ex-partner, who became involved in the situation. However, the parent firmly held their ground and suggested that if their ex was so concerned about their son’s education, they could take on the financial responsibility themself.

Seeking Guidance

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The parent firmly believed that they had made the right call, but headed online to seek a second opinion. Readers of the story rushed to the comment section to give their perspective. “You did nothing wrong for refusing to pay for more college”, one person wrote. “He’s obviously not taking it seriously, so there’s no point paying if he’s just going to fail.”

Harsh Words 

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However, the same commenter expressed that they were not taking sides. “You were in the wrong for telling him he’s not smart enough for college”, they continued. “That’s not what the issue is. He’s treating college like a big party and he’s angry that you’re not going to bankroll his party time anymore.”

Forgiving the Son

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However, some readers empathized with the son. “I love how everyone is conveniently forgetting what absolute morons they were as a teenager”, they stated. “Show a little grace for goodness sake. If you aren’t looking back at your teenage self and hanging your head in shame, you gotta ask yourself “Have I grown at all as a person?”

Another commenter suggested that the son isn’t inspired by his course and would perhaps do better if he changed his studies to something that interested him.

Taking Their Side

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Despite some comments criticizing the parent’s attitude, most readers defended their decision. “He’s clearly wasting time and money being there, and has no interest in actually studying”, another commenter wrote. “It’s a good opportunity for him to get a job and figure out where he actually wants to go with his life. Maybe in a year or two, he’ll be ready for college.”

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