She Used Her Daughter’s College Fund to Pay for Her Son’s Postgraduate Study Without Asking Her, But She Doesn’t Understand Why Everyone is Upset

A woman named Mary had college funds set up for her children, a 26-year-old daughter named Anna, and a 32-year-old son named Logan. The woman’s late husband had organized the funds and with significant college funds remaining, the woman made an executive decision that didn’t prove popular. 

Anna and Logan’s Graduations

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Mary was proud that both Anna and Logan had successfully graduated from their undergraduate college degrees. “Logan used his college fund when he went to college, but Anna got a full ride to a good university and hers was left untouched”, she explained. This left significant funds remaining in Anna’s college fund. 

The Remaining Funds

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Mary and her late husband had discussed what to do with the money. “We agreed to leave it there in case either child wanted to continue toward post-graduate study”, she explained. “Anna has expressed her desire to do a Master’s or take some courses, but her life is so hectic and full right now.”

Dipping Into Anna’s Fund

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Due to her unused funds, Anna gave her mother permission to dip into the fund for various reasons, including when her mother expressed the desire to take a baking course. She recognized that she didn’t need the money, so was liberal with her mother using it for herself.

Logan’s Education Ambitions

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After graduating from college, Logan had a strong desire to further his education to advance in his career. However, despite being independent, he couldn’t manage the costs of a Master’s degree while maintaining his current lifestyle, so, he turned to his mother for support.

A Helping Hand for Logan

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Mary, wanting to support her son’s educational aspirations, suggested using the college fund they had originally set up for Anna. Logan was relieved to hear this, and his mother agreed to help him with his first semester’s tuition.

Anna’s Unawareness

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During a recent visit, Anna expressed her happiness for her brother’s academic pursuits and offered her assistance if needed. This led to a conversation where Mary revealed that she had used Anna’s college fund for Logan’s education. However, Anna was caught off guard by this revelation, unaware of any such arrangement.

Anna’s Emotional Response

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Anna questioned her mother about why her college fund had been used for Logan’s education, given that it was intended for her own future academic pursuits. Mary, knowing that Anna had allowed her to use the fund occasionally, was surprised by her daughter’s reaction. 

Anna’s Defense

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“Anna said paying for Logan’s masters was different since it was a huge expenditure, meaning the fund might be left dry by the time she has to do her own”, she explained. “She left my house in tears.”

Logan’s Noble Gesture

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Upon learning about the situation, Logan decided to decline the financial assistance. He insisted on paying back the money they had already used for his education to keep family relations amicable.

Seeking Resolution

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Mary hadn’t fully come to terms with her mistake. “Both my kids are angry with me, and I don’t get it”, she explained. “My sister said I created a mess.” Mary didn’t feel that Anna would ever study for a Master’s, so she thought it was an overreaction. 

Asking the Web 

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The woman headed online for some much-needed advice. She posted her story on an online forum and opened up the comments section to the public. However, her actions were not taken lightly. “How you do not see the problem you’ve created but everyone else is on the same page is kind of mind-boggling”, stated one reader. 

Losing Her Daughter

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Everyone was in shock at how Mary could possibly have thought this was a good idea. “Congratulations, you’ve just lost your daughter”, accused another reader. “You told her, in no uncertain terms, that her future means less than Logan’s. Give it ten years and you’ll realize how big a mistake this was.”

Master’s Vs. Baking Classes

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One of the most common topics in the thread was Mary’s lack of financial understanding. “Baking classes and a Master’s program are vastly different”, one commenter pointed out. “You should have talked to her before offering it up and I’m glad her brother was sensible enough to give it back to her. You’re ridiculous.”

Another commenter commended the brother in the situation.

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‘Thankfully your son is emotionally intelligent and kind, he handled the situation very well. I feel sorry for him that you put him in such an awful position.”

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