Monday, October 8, 2007

College Expenses: Who Pays What?

According to this poll on my blog, the most common way for students to pay for college is to rely on parents for support verses paying for it themselves. Granted, paying for college isn't cheap, and scholarships are often not available. However, I find that students at college sometimes have little sense of managing their own finances and perhaps rely too heavily on their parents' pockets to pay for everything. Then, when they have to pay for some expenses, they often overuse credit cards to cover things. This can lead to debt and then the kids boomerang (return) back to their parents for help. So, in the end, what could be a good balanced approach to help students with the high costs, but at the same time lead them to become responsible with money? How do people in your countries and cultures teach independence and careful money management? Share your ideas.

Randall

91 comments:

musiccat said...

I think there's a similar situation in Taiwan as well. For the most part, still many students rely on parents' financial support. Although they don't have to be fully responsible for the money-making part in families, they need to have the basic sense of finance. Parents should help students to use their allowance efficiently. Moreover, it's important for students to build up money-saving habit that could invest their future from now on.

Ivan said...

I'm not sure, but it may work. Why not use some computer program for home bookkeeping? I use one of these and it helps to understand where your money go. It needs some selfcontrol, as you need to write down your expenses in it but it takes one or two minutes a day.

kyungin said...

I am from Korea. My country students are obliged to depend on their parents because university tuition is so expensive. With their part time job most Korean students can be unequal to their tuition. I also agree that students have a part time job. In my case, I had a part time job when I was a student. But this money was just my pocket money. I think that if I had worked to make my tuition, it should have been a heavy burden on me. And I think I learned enough to manage my owe finance through my part time job.

Anonymous said...

I am from Mexico. In my country the parents who are working, they open a savings account to save money to pay for the College tutions. There also other way parents can help their kids to pay the College tutions and kids can work a part time job to also help pay for their college, or they can work a full tiem job and attend night classes if they parents can not financially support them, but they can live with their parents until they graduate.

Anonymous said...

I am from Japan. In my country, most students depend on their parents' financial support or student loan and scholarships. In Japan, many high school prohibit students do a part-time job, so it is difficult to pay for college by themselves. However, ollege students usually do a part-time job for their pocket money or living expenses. So, they might know how diffiult to earn and save money and how to manage their finance.

Anonymous said...

I'm from Vietnam.I think college tuition in Vietnam is much cheaper than major countries in the world. But still ,many student rely on their parents for the tuition . Many of them have a part-time job, but it is usually for living costs , because most of them study far from home . And with student living with parents like me ,part-time job is for experience and my private money

abbas said...

zHello I am from Pakistan, in our culture parents are responsible to pay there schools/college fees though quite expensive but it's better that students should not rely on parents fully need to manage them self as well

connie said...

There are two main streams in terms of paying for college tuition fees in Hong Kong. Some of the families, parents are mainly responsible for saving money and paying for college although some of the children may work part time for some non-essential items like music, eating out or trips. On the other hand, some dropouts of the college or children from poor families, who have to go to work after finishing their secondary education, may have to pay for their tuition when they choose to go back to the college. Interestingly, the students who pay for their tuition fees or at least part of the tuition fees are more responsible for their school work. They dive into their studies as the study is their choice. On the contrary, the students whose tuition fees are paid for by their parents may assume they are fulfilling other people’s dreams but not their own. Moreover, gaining job experiences give students incredible advantages. For example, they can develop their network of interests at work as well as the practices of pitch, and they also have the pleasure of earning money to spend and grow independently.

Anonymous said...

In Vietnam, although almost students are supported by their parents, 80% of them get part time job. It's spend for their extra courses (Language, skill, advance..), entertainments or living cost (for students from far regions). For student, part time job is very essential, help collecting experience, managing money, arranging time as well as improving communication.

hurican said...

I'm from Palestine. I think that student have to share with a part of his tuition in order to feel with some confidence and self dependence. As I know, it is hard for a student to have a part-time work and study at the same time. Yet, I'm myself did that. I had a part-time job beside my study hours and , to be honest , that is a great experience I ever made. It made me very strong and dependent . so to conclude, the student is advised not to relay only on the family for his study expenses, he has to work hard and help himself at his study

Thank you for reading

marisol said...

I'm from Mexico. I think that in Mexico the parents pay for everything that their children need in the school. Also when you attend university some students try to find part time jobs to help their parents with the tuition and fees of the university. In addition the government of my country some times does programs to help some students to pay the fees and tuitition.

Anonymous said...

I am from Dalian,It's my honor to share my idea with you .For my part ,I rely on my father'financial support .Since mom has passed away five years ago,all the burden of life has been put on my father'shouder.At the same time ,I almost did nothing to help him,truelly I am really ashamed about it .In my opinion,we can take a part-time job in our spare time to bear a small part of tuition and life expenses,not only we reduce some pressure of our parents in this way but we realise the ture meaning of life .

Anonymous said...

I believe it's not so desirable that he/she is in charge of all college finance because excessive money-saving effort will prevent him/her from going deep into the study, essential goal for entering college. But I think we should not ignore the sense of independence in economic or emotional aspect which is a real capability in the future life. So parents and their children will take partial charge of college expenses, about fifty and fity

Anonymous said...

I believe it's not so desirable that children are in charge of all college finance because excessive money-saving effort will prevent them from going deep into the study, essential goal in college. But I think we should not also ignore the sense of independence in economic or emotional aspect which is a real capability in their future life. So parents and their children will take partial charge of college expenses, about fifty to fity, or by ratio to family financial condition.

Anonymous said...

I believe it's not so desirable that children are in charge of all college finance because excessive money-saving effort will prevent him/her from going deep into the study, essential goal in college. But I think we should not also ignore the sense of independence in economic or emotional aspect which will be a real capability in the future life. So I suggest that parents and their children take partial charge of college expenses, about fifty and fity, or by ratio to family's financial condition.

Anonymous said...

I believe it's not so desirable that children are in charge of all college finance because excessive money-saving effort will prevent him/her from going deep into the study, essential goal in college. But I think we should not also ignore the sense of independence in economic or emotional aspect which will be a real capability in the future life. So I suggest that parents and their children take partial charge of college expenses, about fifty and fity, or by ratio to family's financial condition

Anonymous said...

I think It's better to have it 50/50 for both side, atleast your son/daugther will develop certain responsibility in her life.To find a job to suport his/her schooling.

quynhtrangdana said...

in viet nam, paying for colleaue is parents 'responsiblity. the school which you choose is depend on your parent's pocket. if you can't go to colleague or even study in a unfamous school, your parents will lose their face with others. that's why vietnamies parents work hard to open a colleague gate for their son or daughter even many of them are not sure if their child attent to studying or not. the way they give their child money can't create a responsibility for the money from their child.

Julius said...

I had read some of your post.
Well, I ill would love to share also , This is all about My Personal Experiences.

In our traditional way here in the Philippines and the most common way for students to pay for college is to rely on parents for support. Why?

But for me honestly speaking, As an income inequality standard of living,
I generally think that We are rich Before. but time passes by that our family encountered some serious and traumatic problems(trials).
Our Standard of living became @ the poverty line. We don't have money anymore for our daily needs, I don't know how we survived in a traumatic problems. Just to look cool,I still pretend that our we have a normal standard "not poor but standard" i pretend to be like this to have friends and so people wont judge us nor discriminate us and etc.
Before, I used to hate my life, that I need somebody or anyone Who I can consult about My self and My problems. I hate my self because I see myself before (plastic)(trying hard).
Then I just go w/ the flow of life. I met many friends. that I don't usually do. In My young age I got this so many questions about myself.. Looking up for myself searching for who really am I.

I know My parents are all scared about what might happen to us, We might have some traumas* or etc.

But in my young age I tried to think like an *analytic thinker*
to consult My self so I tried to build My self 3 Different Personalities the 1st 1 is named Julius Raymon Ual Mariano , The 2nd one is Julius Mariano AKA "doraemon" and the last one isMy Original Bestfriend named "Jesus"

Time passes by and finally I Graduated H.S :) .

When I reached college. I try to make myself more matured and wise about choosing friends and a Special Love one.
I thought I can already figure out My Self But time passed by.
I realized that I am Living with Lies, I cant even recognized myself. I tried to be matured w/ out consulting anyone about My life
Then I finally thought* that I found someone* I learn how to sacrifice , How to Listen, Learn things, Experience things, and ETC.

Then suddenly a day just come that I thought "Everythings gonna be alright"(I love Bob Marley's song).
then it time passes by that i lost my tempter i gave up my self and follow my emotions w/ out Consulting Jesus.

We and My Special some1 had some misunderstandings. We argue about how to set my priorities. then I lost my tempter , Gave up my self and follow my emotions (TBC)

Anonymous said...

Hi! I'm from China. Most parents will pay for tuitions and fees.Morally,we don't think students have responsibilities to pay.

I think if students can pay themselves at least part, they will understand how hard to make livings then. Surely,they'll treasure parents' money.

Good to say,over half of Undergraduate students in China start to thinking earning money by themselves. For example, they'll have part-time jobs in summer vacation like tuturing high school students and having internships in corporations.

I think from their experiences,students will change their attitudes to become real adults.

meme said...

Hello, I'm from Brazil. In my country most students live off their parents' support to pay college fees even if some lucky people go to a public university. In this case, some have a part-time job in order to pay their rents and get some pocket money.

Zeong-Yeon Manny Kim said...

In my culture parents are usually responsible for tuitition. Students cannot afford it because they are not able to earn so much money. It is something really Korean.
However, a percentage goes to work. If students earn money, it is their responsibility. They can use it like they want to. Of course, for leisure or school is another option. It is possible to learn to handle money.
A similar post might be there, but I think more can be said. Beginning from elementary school, education plays a significant role. Just learning is not sufficient. Being one of the best is the way to achieve success in Korea. A good university guarantees a successful career. The education market is booming. Therefore high tuitition fees are reasonable. As a second generation Korean from Germany I came to study in Seoul to be more close with my family. They support me. Nevertheless, I want to be independent sooner or later like every university student. Many already are. The signs for their independence are doing more recreational activities, I think.

Zeong-Yeon Manny Kim said...

In my culture parents are usually responsible for tuitition. Students cannot afford it because they are not able to earn so much money. It is something really Korean.
However, a percentage goes to work. If students earn money, it is their responsibility. They can use it like they want to. Of course, for leisure or school is another option. It is possible to learn to handle money.
A similar post might be there, but I think more can be said. Beginning from elementary school, education plays a significant role. Just learning is not sufficient. Being one of the best is the way to achieve success in Korea. A good university guarantees a successful career. The education market is booming. Therefore high tuition fees are reasonable. As a second generation Korean from Germany I came to study in Seoul to be more close with my family. They support me. Nevertheless, I want to be independent sooner or later like other university students. Many already are. The signs for their independence are doing more recreational activities and realistic plannning for life, I think.

Juan Ysimura said...

In my country, Peru; Fortunately, the public universities' tuitions are not to expensive(relative cheap), but the issue is when you have to deal with private universities. If you want to study in a private university in my country, you need to make a lot of money to afford it. Nonetheless, in my country, student's fathers are obligated (by the government) to support their kids until they finished the university. However, Not all fathers do it. So, students are pushed to work by themselves in order to make money to afford the university.

Sebastián Vega said...

In Paraguay (my country) many students pay for their tuition by themselves. But there are also some who rely on their parents for financial support. In my case I pay for my tuition; but there was a period when I was unemployed and my parents used to help me with $$$$

Anonymous said...

I'm from Vietnam. It's rely on the parent's financial situation. If the student is from the poor family, they wan support themselves. They can find a part-time jobs, mostly private teacher, or try to get scholarship. However, there're many student rely on the parent's finacial support.

Anonymous said...

In Taiwan,many students pay their tuition by themself.They do part time job after school.I think it is great because you don't depend on your parents anymore.You can make money for your own.It's makes you more mature because you are more idependet then before.

Anonymous said...

I'm a graduate student from China. The college tuition is very expensive in China. The opportunity for scholarship is not often available. Most students achieve their studies by college loan and/or relying on their parents. Some students do a part time job to balance living expenses and recreational activities. One could gain some social experience through part time jobs but they lose lots of time which should have been allocated to their studies. Consequently, they do not have very good accomplishment. As far as I'm concerned, I'm not very appreciated with doing a part time job. The goal that we attend in a college is to learn knowledge and skills but not to earn money. If we have not enough money to pursue our study, we should apply for a loan and/or ask some help from our parents. We should study hard and get good scords so that we will have more opportunity to find a good job after graduation. We can pay back the loan and/or the money that our parents gave us during our college study.

Mohsin said...

In our country most of the students rely on their parents for paying tution fees for their degree programs, but in Government universities the fees is low as much as you can pay them by your own, those good student who not get admission and their parents are also not able to support them then the rely on student loans and if he or she is lucky may awarded scholarship.

Anonymous said...

Hi all,
Mexican students usually pay their tuition and other expenses they have with the money they receive from their parents, but is very common too that they get a part time job near University in order to get extra money to help with that.
Unfurtunately, it is common too students that leave College because of financial problems, that's why now goverment is implementing some programs to help students with this kind or issues.

-Luis

LU said...

In Chia, most of college students' parents pay the tuition. But it depends sometimes.
My roommate is very poor, her parents can not afford her tuition. So she borrowed the tuition and living cost from bank, at the same time, she took part time job, received scholarship to support her family and herself. After she graduated, she paid back the bank monthly. And now her brother is a college student, she is supporting him too.
Take me as an example too. My parents paid my 4-year college's tuition and 3-year's living cost. When I was a Senior, I found a vocation job, so from then on, I supported my living cost.
Although most of Chinese parents pay the tuition, it doesn't mean children receive only, no boomerang. Some Chinese children will support their parents after they are independent. It's not a kind of college tuition boomerang, itis a kind of love boomerang.
When I was Senior, student credit card were more and more popular in China. But I never applied for one. I thought students have not enough financial independent, we couldn't support a credit card. But many students liked them very much. I have no idea that how do they control the budget. I like to save money, I am traditional.

Anonymous said...

Personally, it depends on the situation. If the student has the capability to do some part-time job to earn enough money for the tutition, then the student should pay it by himself/herself, for instant, most western countries. However, it is not always being able to do part time jobs for students. Like China, students, or even the other people, hardly to find a part time job, consequentely, how do they pay for the school fee if they didn't have any incomes?

ariel said...

I'm from Bolivia. Private University is very expensive, but most parents are used to paying their son or daughter' tuitions. But I think that we must work while we're studying in order to have more experience in the real world and for realizing our parents efforts.

Anonymous said...

If you want to escape the problem to pay tuition and exonerate you parents from it you can always enroll in free university course. For example in our country, in Russia, almost every university has a small quota places for those students who is very cleaver and get the highest score on the entrance exams. But if you are not so successful or clever to enter on budget places you have an alternative to move to the country where education is free of charge for example in Norway. But first of all you should learn their language.
But if you want to study in Russia and your parents can’t pay for your education you have also possibility to enroll in evening education. All the day you are working and in the evening you are studying. But it is too much difficult I know it by my own experience.
I think that if your parents are able to pay for your education let them make it for you. You could don’t think about money. You will sit in the library all the day, reading interesting books and you will don’t feel yourself tired.

Anonymous said...

Hello my name is Joel I am from Ecuador, and I think that most of the universities in the world are very expencive that we need to have money and our parents to pay all ths things that we need.

omarmosqueralozano said...

Here in Ecuador the education is similar our parents pay our board so is the same and we also have free schools that ate for kids that don´t have money but the level is very bad so our president Rafael Correa is improving the education.

Robert said...

Teachs to young people about responsibility is hard. Becouse someone has to pass a lot of troubles and more to teach someone about responsibility, to theachs about how to administrate money is more hard. It has to born the instinct in one, to learn about the responsability on money. In my country the parents of each young people help to them to pay the university. So in my country is more easy to pay and control the young people or students.

Aisha said...

In Kuwait, parents usually take care of the tuition, and most of them do not let their children to work at all to earn for college’s tuition, the point is to keep them focused and study hard. I absolutely haven’t appreciated this financial support except after majoring in finance, but I would prefer to work part time soon to acquire new skills and apply what have learned at college

Carlos said...

Is not different in my country. People have buckled down to pay for their tuitions, even in the high school. But I’m sure that is not only in Brazil. In a great part of the world, institutions of education charge real fortunes to teach. Am I correct Americans? Governments connive with that, because it’s convenient. Thus, they don’t have to be worried with professors, faculties, managing campus and its structures. Free market! That’s the rule. The only thing they’ve forgotten is the basic concept of education. In another words, when you have to pay for your tuition, you cannot utilize it as a whole, because you have to work parallel, and consequently, you are not able to study every time you need. In Sweden, for example, you don’t have to be worried about payments, because the government pays for everything. They realize that if you invest in education, the rest is up to the population. If it is right, or wrong, I really don’t know. So, it’s up to you. Go to find out in Sweden.

Anonymous said...

Anna Fe
I am from the Philippines, parents are paying for the school fees and tuition for the children, it is part of our culture that parents will save money so children can attend to universities, even how expensive it is, they will have both ends meet and poverty is not a hindrance. There are still many students have part-time jobs to augment financial needs.

Anonymous said...

In my culture, the parents pay to the college expenses. But if the sons and daughters want to travel or something like that and these people work, they should pay for their trip.
All the people try to make maney and they try to find a job to have more independece.

any said...

Hi!
I'm from Brazil. In my country it's common our parents pay college. Some students work, but most people only begin to work when they finish the graduation. The job during all day and they study at night, but somebory get to work by part-time.

Loeurn said...

Most of the students in Cambodia depend on thier parents to pay for them learning at school,even though they learn at university, they still rely on thier parents. If they can get a part-time job to do, they still hope to get some from their guardians because the money they earn is less for them to pay for school fee.
According to my idea, I think that parents show thier childrem any good way to save for the school when they need.

Tarun, India said...

Hi! I am from India.Like most other countries here also, children rely on their parents for all financial support till they start a job.But,I feel it is ridiculous.The people need to get their head around.I personally feel
that it hinges on how parents take care of their children.What kind of school they are choosing.It comes second that either parents can pay or not.I think, the more importanat thing is that what standard of other children have?The children will be uncomfortable if they don't maintain same standard of living.So parents should keep in mind about this thing.If they are earning just hand to mouth,they should not try to afford a school that need a high fees.
On the other hand,I will draw your attention towards children responsibilities.There must be some responsibilities that should be given to children the sooner the better.For e.g. the parents should get a mobile for their kid if he ready to afoord the monthly bill.That's all I have to say about this.

Anonymous said...

I'm from Pakistan. I think that in Pakistan the parents pay for everything that their children need in the school. Also when you attend university some students try to find part time jobs to help their parents and for themselves with the tuition and fees of the university. In addition the government of our country some times does programs to help some students to pay the fees and tution fees which benefits for the students who cannot afford their fees..and also wish if the government organizes such programmes to help the poor and needy peoples.....Pakistan Zindabad

Anonymous said...

Hello I am from Pakistan, in our culture parents are responsible to pay there schools/college fees though quite expensive but it's better that students should not rely on parents fully need to manage them self as well....at last...Pakistan Zindabad.....Zardari Murdabad

ALEJANDRO latina said...

hi everyone...I am from costarica, I think some reason that some people can't study english outside of their home are because sometime they don't have a good incomes , but also some people don't have much time to estudy some language and also because maybe this people live so far..but when people choose to study in home they have some benefits for example they save money, they can study all the day if they want and also they can lear faster... well now I don't have any favorite websites but I thik tha this is very good to lear.. I hope to know a new websites..

Lorena Blanco said...

Parents are responsables of saving the money for the feature of the children. It is a very common way in the US.
They learn how to be responsable with theirsavings and money accounts
I think most of the students work because they have to play college ,rent,food and personal stuff
The money that they earn is mainly use in the colloge expenses.Sometimes,they apply to obtain scholarships and have the apportunity to travel to another coutries.
Students become more responsables there expenses and daily rutins such as doing laundry,cooking and saving money to the whole month.

Anonymous said...

Lorena Blanco said.
Parents are responsables of saving the money for the feature of the children. It is a very common way in the US.
They learn how to be responsable with theirsavings and money accounts
I think most of the students work because they have to play college ,rent,food and personal stuff
The money that they earn is mainly use in the colloge expenses.Sometimes,they apply to obtain scholarships and have the apportunity to travel to another coutries.
Students become more responsables there expenses and daily rutins such as doing laundry,cooking and saving money to the whole month.

Alejandro latina SCr said...

hello everyone.. I from costarica,do you know that here many parents pay for children education ?, first they saving money and them they pay your children education, but some children pay least part and learn some values such as responsability and love study and this point is very important for them. here in costarica about fisty persent pay your study with a par-time and all the money that they earn they use for pay it and they learing to be adult... well I think so..

Anonymous said...

Betty Fernàndez said...
I think that in Costa Rica the majority of the parents pay the tuition of their children. Well may be 40 percent of the students pay their own bills. When the students pay the tuition and their expenses, they are more responsable, spend less money than before and in some cases they help their parents with the houses' expenses of course depends of the job they have.
In Costa Rica 35 percent of the students have a job or a part time job, but it depends of the country's province and the necessities that the students have.
I think that, when the schools students work is for necessity to buy their own things.
On other hand they pay both schools expenses and non-essential things.
When the students have gotten to be independece they are more mature people, understand their parents and save money to avoid whatever things that could happen in the future.

Daniela said...

Daniela, C.R Said...
I think that so much parents as children, the parent should support us while we are studying for improve our future and so can to face economic problems in the future, however we can help saving money at some things like clothes, food or fun wherefore we can seek a part-time job for help our families, however is very difficult have this type of job here in my country at special for young people.

Daniela said...

I think that so much parent as sons, the parents should support us while we are studying for improve our future and so can to face economic problems at the future, however we can help saving money at some things like clothes, food and fun wherefore we can seek a part-time job for help our families, however is very difficult have this type of job at my country in special for young people.

byron gonzalo said...

byron gonzalo said:Hello everyone .. The culture here in Costa Rica is very different from other countries responsible for some students reach their studies are parents if they have the resources but most work to pay for school .. The values we have are of more responsibility and pleasure to have certain achievements, I would say that 50 percent of students have part-time job but for some it is more difficult depending on where you live at least here in Costa Rica is well, Costa Rica is unfortunately a very small country with limited work does not make much money because for some who study and study paid for not afford to buy their stuff. Of course some students who fail to work and pay for study become more responsible and realize that life is not easy and appreciate the effort you do for work and study and feel a great satisfaction for it.

Anonymous said...

Hello everyone .. The culture here in Costa Rica is very different from other countries responsible for some students reach their studies are parents if they have the resources but most work to pay for school .. The values we have are of more responsibility and pleasure to have certain achievements, I would say that 50 percent of students have part-time job but for some it is more difficult depending on where you live at least here in Costa Rica is well, Costa Rica is unfortunately a very small country with limited work does not make much money because for some who study and study paid for not afford to buy their stuff. Of course some students who fail to work and pay for study become more responsible and realize that life is not easy and appreciate the effort you do for work and study and feel a great satisfaction for it.

Anonymous said...

byron gonzalo(costa rica)

Hello everyone .. The culture here in Costa Rica is very different from other countries responsible for some students reach their studies are parents if they have the resources but most work to pay for school .. The values we have are of more responsibility and pleasure to have certain achievements, I would say that 50 percent of students have part-time job but for some it is more difficult depending on where you live at least here in Costa Rica is well, Costa Rica is unfortunately a very small country with limited work does not make much money because for some who study and study paid for not afford to buy their stuff. Of course some students who fail to work and pay for study become more responsible and realize that life is not easy and appreciate the effort you do for work and study and feel a great satisfaction for it.

Ronny ulatina said...

I think that the students are the responsibles to save money for paying the university or college because the benefits ot the study is for the student and the future of the student is product of the study.
If a student pay at least part of the university or college, i think that can obtain many experience, for example save money, don´t spend money in not essentials things, also for learning about the cost of the life, when the student pay the university or college obtain many experience that can help in the future.
Now in day many students have part time jobs and some times this is for paying the university or the college.
Manytimes the student decide look a par time job because perhaps the parents don´t have money for paying the study.
Sometimes, when the student work part time, they spend the money in things that are not necessary, perhaps, because the parents pay the college, so they use the money in parties, cloth and other things that are not important.
when a student enters to the university, this student enters to other stage, during this process the student feel most freedom, the he or she go to many parties, sometimes they want live alone in a house o department, want work and get money, during the process the univrsity student suffer many changes.

Ronny tablada ulatina

Anonymous said...

Daniela Flores said….
I think that so much parents as children,
The parents should support us while we arestudying for improve our future quality of life in the future and so can to face economic problems,However we can help saving money in some things,Moreover we can seek a part-time job for help our family.

Edgar Zuñiga. said...

hi, well I think taha here in C.R. the culture is very different as in USA, most of the times our fathers pay our tuition and that is not good because we keep being dependents from our fathers, so, I think, in my personal opinion that is not a good way, and maybe we have to do the same as the people from USA do, and our sons can grow in a independent way.

Anonymous said...

I think this problem depends on the countries. in U.S. parents pay for bill of school until child is 18.
many countries pay for it until children graduate the university or college.

Anonymous said...

In korea, Almost all colloge students depend on their's parents.the tuition is very expensive in Korea. Recently, Somepeople killing themselves. because they income does not take care of their college tuition.The best way is supported by a scholarship, and use the bank loan.
Than, the students pay tuition by themseleves.

thuhien said...

Hieveryone,
In Vietnam, of course tuition is not too much in state colleges but parents just naturally think that they are obliged to look after their children untill they graduate or even untill they get married. However, in recent years, many students have tried their best to be independent. They find part time jobs and manage their own finance. They can not only pay for tuitions and other school fees but also for their own pocket expenses. We don't have enough boarding houses at university and students are not used to homestaying so they often rent a small flat and share with 2 or 3. many students come from rural areas of the country so their parents can afford their children's finacial demand . However, most these students learn to have basic sense of finance and build up money saving habit. generally, student's life in Vietnam is not decent and you must both study and work harder if you study at private uninversity.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I´m from colombia, in my country, some students depend on their parents' help. However there are some of them who get financial and some case, students can get a scolarship or a miracle...
But the real situation is that there are many student that we have to work hardly if they want to be a profesional because their family does not a good job...and some universities are so expensive...sacriface yourself if you want to be someone...

Cata said...

Hi!!! I'm from Colombia. In my country, many parents pay for the tuition, however students like to have a part job to help their parents with living expenses or academic expenses like books.

There are two kind of colleges in Colombia,public college (government supports colleges) and private college (not supported by government funding), so private college is more expensive than public.

Access to public college is more difficult, for this reason students who don't have the opportunity in a public college or don't have their parents support can take a credit from different ornatizations like Banks or ICETEX (A colombian institution created by the government to support education system)

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I'm from Thailand. Similar to most posts, most Thai parents support children for college fees. However, there are also some of students that are needed to pay it by their own. And, of course, they need to get a part-time job or a scholarship or a soft loan from the government.
In my view, earning money by themselves would make the students responsible. Moreover, managing money in their pockets is another important issue that they need to learn and their parents should help them. For example, parents can give kids money monthly and let them manage to spend all expenses by themselves. So, they would decide how much they want to save, spend or invest.

Anonymous said...

In my city the most of the estudents have a parents whom pay for they school charges, so when they leave from the university usually have a problems whit the financial matters because they dot know nothing about saving or get many.

Jaume said...

In Spain, usually are the fathers who help students in their university degrees fees.

In some cases, smart students who take excellent grades and don't have enough familiar economic sustain don't pay anything and is the Government who directly pays the fees and gives an extra budget to the student, but you have maintain the good grades every year.

Anonymous said...

Education roles a big play in everyone's life where parents are accountable to their children schooling. Thus college education still responsible for parents or not? Who pays on it?

Most of the country have a rule that parents have a great function to their children education, since toddler until it grows up as professional. Some parents do their part to send their children in school until college, in which these family belongs to average or above average standard of living but there are some parents who belongs to below level or belongs to a poor family they cannot continue their role in sending their children to college because of financial. Inspite of this, there are some children take part time job to augment their education where their parents cannot pursue on it. They did not mind the hard of being a working student or their college education is apart of parent's responsibilities, but what's in their mind is to finish their studies for their own good for the future.

Therefore I conclude, that education is not depend on who pays it, but its everyone's responsibilities for the success.

Barcelona4ever said...

There are two main streams in terms of paying for college tuition fees in Hong Kong. Some of the families, parents are mainly responsible for saving money and paying for college although some of the children may work part time for some non-essential items like music, eating out or trips. On the other hand, some dropouts of the college or children from poor families, who have to go to work after finishing their secondary education, may have to pay for their tuition when they choose to go back to the college. Interestingly, the students who pay for their tuition fees or at least part of the tuition fees are more responsible for their school work. They dive into their studies as the study is their choice. On the contrary, the students whose tuition fees are paid for by their parents may assume they are fulfilling other people’s dreams but not their own. Moreover, gaining job experiences give students incredible advantages. For example, they can develop their network of interests at work as well as the practices of pitch, and they also have the pleasure of earning money to spend and grow independently.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm from Brazil. Here are two ways for a youth to enter university. In fact, there are two types of university and two ways to enter. The first are the private universities, some are good, but most are not, to enroll just pay, it's simple, and then you can begin classes. But the great model of university in my country is the public university, funded by the Government. They are really great, but they are very difficult to enter, students must take an examination to test their knowledge, then those who had better be accepted at the university and is better than free. Then, if you pass in the test, you don't have to pay anything because the government pays for you. That's great, right?

parisa said...

hi ill be glad to share my opinion to you.im 23 years old and i barely have part time job now and havnt worked during studying before and its my regret .i thought the tuition of the university is just my parents responsibilities a year ago and never think about working so i didnt undrestand the treasure of my parents money.
now im udergraduate start to think about working .
in my country less than half of students have part time job during studying and its ashameful i think and after udergraduating they are going to beome independant.

Anonymous said...

I definitely think that the education system of the U. K. and of the U.S. is financially appalling. After graduation, students are indebted. I don't exactly know how much time it takes them to pay their debts. But the one thing I am sure of, is that I would not like to live with such worries. In the U.K. some students even drop out of university, or choose not to enrol at university. This is unfortunate because they do have the capabilities to do something great. I definitely think that students have to be realistic very early and very quickly, so that they understand that life is not easy and that if they want something, they have to work hard for it. However, the financial burden imposed by countries such as the U. K. and the U.S. is just too much.

Anonymous said...

I`m from Russia. In my country, I think, as well as in the majority of the countries, parents pay for the education of their children. Very often, they pay not only for the education, but also for their entertainments, clothes and other needs. But I think that, in spite of the fact that parents can pay for their children`s education, the students must find a part time job, at least on pocket expenses, because it will teach them to understand the price of money and not to spend them for useless things.

khalid said...

In my country it depends,if the parents are rich they pay for their children,if not so the students has to work and pay her or his tuition,and study in the night

khalid said...

In my country it depends,if the parents are rich they pay of course for their children,but if they are not so they work and study courses in the night till they graduate.

Grace said...

During the recession years, many students loan from bank instead of rely on parents in Taiwan. I think it is a good experience for Students learning how to budget and keep responsbility.

Elias said...

Well, in Colombia the parents always pay the tuition or cost studies of their sons. I had the oportunity to study in a good university, but many people doesn´t have this oportunity. The life is very expensive and there isn´t enought schoolarships for all people. In fact the principal reason is that the Univesity´s programs have always been expensive.

sawsan said...

After reading all blogs sent by people from different countries, I shall say that I felt lucky somehow. Education is almost compeletly free for the students in our country from kindergarden to graduation from university, yet parents are responsible of other children's expenses including pochetmoney, transportation, meal costs, providing textbooks and other supplies. It is very common that children depend on their parents to meet their needs and cover all their expenses, moreover it is unacceptable for the students to work during school time especially for female, and oftenly looked at those parents who let their children to work to cover the costs of their daily need as beeing crud or unkind to their children. since I 've been living in canada for a `while, now I see how students struggle to affored tuitions which require them to work part time sometimes full time between the courses. sometimes they have to postpond their admission to the college untill they can offered tuition which I believe it is such awast of time. yet I believe it is essential for the students to learn how to manage their financial issues by themselves, and their's no way better than working in their free time in order to value money and learn how to spend it both effciently and wisly.

Anonymous said...

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María Guadalupe said...

Hi everyone!!! I'm improving my English because I think it's very important for Mexican people to speak and undertand this lenguage. Talking about college, in my country parent's have the responsability to pay children's studies, but there are some students that have to work and study all at the same time, because their parents don't have enough money to pay school or there has a los of sisters and brothers, so like these is my culture!!!

miguel angel said...

Hi to all of you.
University is differente in Spain than in UEA. There are two types: publics and privates (much most expensive, only for people with possibilites). The first, public ones, have a standard price for each credit. You can study the credits that you can pay. There is a special price for good students. If you get an A+, you'll get the same free credits for the next year. The cost of each course (4 to 8 credits) is between 150€ till 300€ for a year, each matter. If you study close your home, it will be cheaper, because if not, the main cost it probably will be the dormitory, the food and the transport. Other difference as could be you can select a major if you obtained the required rating. The highest are for medicine and engineering.

Tatiana said...

Teach young people independence and careful money management it is a tricky problems. A lot of parents don't understand the necessity and importance of this questions. In order to avoid misunderstandings and life troubles some parents are making his children to have a part-time job, others gives them a pocket money once a month to spend wise.
The thing is, a lot of this life-moments depends on person, how wise parents are and mostly on luck.

Anonymous said...

Hi Randall,
Thanks for providing this wonderful resource.It offers different ways for learners to practice their language skills. This blog is especially helpful, it sparks open discussions and also gives learners a sense that their opinions matter.

Anonymous said...

Hi, randell.......in my country ,we r totally dependent on our parents for financial support .its a good idea to get some experiance by ourself...to support our finances by doing some part-time jobs ...its gonna help us in future for saving money and managing aur financial problems.

Anonymous said...

hi!
In most of the asian countries students depend on thier parents for the college expenses, but now a days students have learned to share the burden of thier parents by part time jobs n saving thier money for higher studies.

Anonymous said...

hi,

It is a very helpful and informative topics for students.
Thank you.

Anonymous said...

hi, im pakistani and in pakistan 99% of people depends on their parents for tuitions.In a way its good thing to have support from their parents but sometime it makes a person dependent on others. one should be independant because it gives more sense of achievement.

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mumu said...

In Taiwan, parents pay most of the school fees. Take my friends for example, although 70% of them have more than one part-time job, the major financial support for tuition and housing relies on their families. Studying in a public college in Taiwan for one semester costs thirty thousand dollars for tuition, ten thousand dollars for school housing and five thousand for textbooks. Moreover, if you are a boarder, you have to spend money on everyday meals and transportation cost is rather high. Additional costs for college students in Taiwan involves graduate parties, club fees, donation to department activities, money for dressing up, etc. Generally, students spend their earning on the additional costs rather than tuition and school fee.

Apple said...

It is common in Indonesia that parents pay the tuition fee of their children because the children only student and don't earn money yet. That is the parents obligation to give the children the best education based on their capability.

Anonymous said...

Well, I think a good balanced approach to help students with the high costs is a part time job. For instance students could learn how to be responsible with money. Futhermore, it would be a good idea to use home bookkeeping program, which would help to track all income and withdrawal. In my country this is the way to teach independence and careful money management. I hope it was helpful. :) 
Evelina Kazakeviciute (Lithuania)

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