Telling Your Child No To College Debt
I don't have children, so I don't have to worry about the cost of sending one of them to college. And frankly, as a blue collar worker, I usually tell those people I do know with children, to find them a trade school or apprenticeship program and skip college.
I found this article interesting from the viewpoint of parents who are faced with telling their child "No".
"A couple months ago, my 17-year-old daughter’s guidance counselor called her into his office to ask pretty much the only question that adults ask high school seniors: “What colleges are you applying to?” When Ella tossed off a handful of universities, he said, “Have you thought about going to art school?”
By that afternoon, Ella was having a full-blown crisis of faith, because yes, she had thought pretty hard about art school. When her oil paintings started winning awards freshman year, her AP art teacher more or less told her that art school was her destiny, the only way not to squander her prodigious talents. Ella didn’t need convincing. She was so ready to bolt out of our small southwest Virginia town into a big city where she could paint all day that she had basically become a Lifetime movie cliché.
But for months she’d been shoving down all those painterly college fantasies of art school in New York. My husband and I had told her, point blank, we couldn’t afford it."
How do those of you with children, handle the pressure to go into debt?