There are several options available to parents and students to finance college. A student could become a guest of any state penitentiary and receive a full college education at the expense of the state. The rest of us must invest no less than six figures toward tuition over the course of eight to ten years in pursuit of a Master’s degree. The wiser choice is to begin preparing for college while still in high school.
Students are encouraged to begin working toward obtaining a scholarship as early as 6th grade. A student must take the provided higher level classes and maintain a near perfect GPA throughout their Jr high and high school years. Following this, they must practice and score high on their college level entrance exams. But even this does not guarantee a scholarship.
First and foremost, the choice to have children comes with many new factors inherently unique to our modern times. Competition is fierce in the higher paying fields, even for the highly qualified graduating college. Even a Master’s degree does not guarantee your son or daughter will immediately find a good job in their chosen field. They may search of months or even years before they land a good job. Regardless of your personal beliefs, your own financial means should be a factor in your choice to have children. If you do have children, then at least assisting in their college education is the responsible choice.
It is possible for a highly motivated student to work to pay tuition, books, and living expenses while attending college. There are also grants and loans available. However, work requirements compete with study time and can affect the student’s GPA. They can become overwhelmed and end up with a less than satisfactory academic performance record. This would also affect their consideration for a good job after graduation.
So should we pay for our children’s college education or make them pay for college totally on their own? Ironically, we can look to nature to answer this question. When animals have offspring, they will often fiercely defend their young, even at the expense of their own lives. The instinctual drive is to ensure their offspring is prepared for survival in the world they are born into. We are the only species that is confused on this topic. Nature would teach us that if we cannot prepare our offspring for the world then we should not have them.