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|12-02-2007 11:42 PM|
College costs are completely out of control; they make health care costs seem reasonable. That colleges feel it appropriate to increase their fees 5-15% per annum with no comensurate increase in educational value is a disgrace. To the extent that we do not know what ambitions and capabilities our children will possess at the time we should begin saving for college it still makes sense to do the saving. But the gap between what a plumber makes and what an unused college degree in a less than rigorous field provides is narrowing, and in some cases, already to the advantage of the plumber. It's been my observation that an undirected college student can spend vast quantities of parental monies and end up little better educated than had he stayed awake in high school. Depends on the curriculum and kid needless to say. But there are a lot of schools out there providing more of a finishing school to high school than what we'd traditionally expect out of a four year degree. Enough on that burr under my saddle. (g)
If it is possible to be stunned more than we current college ed. payees are, I suspect that in fifteen years we will be. And that calls in to question the notion of parents providing the whole nut. Colleges have done nothing to disabuse us of the notion that, should we not pay for our kids entire collegiate education, we are somehow short-changing them or are deficient parents. My brother in law, the doctor, was right around forty when he paid off the last of his loans. He did not begrudge his parents one thin dime for not giving more. He had the quaint notion that his father, a German Jew grateful for the timely arrival of Patton's 8th Army, should have something more than a modest retirement. That he himself only lived to his early fifties adds a certain poignancy to the story as well.
|12-02-2007 11:14 PM|
|12-02-2007 11:12 PM|
Private college has gone up a bit...non-ivey good private NE school was running me $35k per year...now med school is $50k per year. Then I gotta spring for a wedding!!
My only advice is to sock away every cent you can right now or have kids who want to be plumbers!! Good luck T...planning is the key. Set your milestones along the way or all it is is a dream.
|12-02-2007 11:11 PM|
Originally Posted by Bermuda30 View Post
I need my boys to start "contributing" more.
Great that you have a plan.
Without a plan......................
|12-02-2007 10:58 PM|
|bestfriend||non rompa mi palle|
|12-02-2007 10:53 PM|
Originally Posted by Giulietta View Post
|12-02-2007 10:46 PM|
You do??? TB is really that???? wow......shame on you TB...shame on you....
TB, I speak 7 languages, actually, counting Portuguese, so mine and six others.
By the way, I wrote:
What about if you guys just pissed off?
I am already making an effort to speak your language, and your're breaking my balls?
You bunch of (I don't know if I can say that here, but its a word that describes man that like other man).
So you guys don't get suspicious.
By the way, I have a blast when people try to send me notes in Portuguese and run their messages thru the online translators...they distort the sentence, the words and many times, instead of a hand shake you could get a punch in the eye!!
|12-02-2007 10:46 PM|
I agree 100%.
|12-02-2007 10:42 PM|
|Bermuda30||College is expensive. I know, I'm working on my degree right now. Actually got accepted into the school I wanted, unfortunately though, its very, very expensive (private). No help from parents, but I've applied to several hundred scholarships for everything from waterskiing to arbor day crap that have floated me through so far (be it by the skin on my teeth) I also work fulltime to cover what the scholarships can't. So it can be done. BTW, Great resource is www.fastweb.com.|
|12-02-2007 10:40 PM|
Hehe! I just did the same thing. Then I tried to post "como?" and sailnet said I needed 10 characters to post it. Ugh.
I speak English and American.
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