He Refused to Use a Cent of His Inheritance to Fund His “Entitled” Daughter’s College Dream, but She Accused Him of “Clipping Her Wings”

A father recently went online to ask if he was wrong to refuse to help his daughter pay for her college tuition, even after his inheritance changed his situation. Here’s his story.

His daughter was ready for college

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“My 17-year-old daughter Abby is a senior in high school, and she’s applying to college for next fall,” the man began.

Her grades weren’t great

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“She has been working hard and has a lot of extracurriculars, but she doesn’t have the best grades.”

She dreamed of the city

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The man explained that they lived in a small town and that her daughter had her heart set on going to a college in a big city on the other side of the country.

They’d always been clear

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He also explained that he and his wife had always told their daughter that if she wanted to go to college, then that was great, but she would have to organize paying for it herself; they didn’t have a college fund for her.

She would need a scholarship

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Because of this, they’d always encouraged her to get her grades up so that she could earn a scholarship.

Her dream hung in the balance

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However, because their daughter’s grade hadn’t ended up being that great, her funding options were limited, especially if she wanted to go to a “reputable” college of the kind she dreamed about.

He came into a lot of money

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The man then revealed that his uncle had recently passed away and left him a sizeable inheritance.

She assumed it would be for her

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The man hadn’t told his daughter about the money, but his wife had, and as a result, his daughter was “ecstatic” because he was now in a position to fund her tuition at a good college.

He said nothing had changed

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However, the man was refusing to put any of his inheritance toward his daughter’s education. He said it was still up to her to finance it and that she should cut her cloth accordingly by applying to colleges with better financing options.

His family turned on him

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As you can imagine, the man’s daughter was extremely upset with him. He said that his wife wasn’t happy either, not only calling him unreasonable but also “encouraging” his daughter’s behavior.

Was he wrong?

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His daughter had accused him of “clipping her wings” and was largely avoiding him. He thought she was being childish and entitled. He asked the internet for their thoughts.

The internet responded

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The internet didn’t agree with the man. “I really don’t get parents who feel like they have no obligation to provide their kids with the best possible chance for success,” said one. “Sometimes it isn’t possible, but saying, ‘Yeah, I’m not paying for college; do it yourself,’ is potentially life-limiting.

Others pointed out a huge flaw in the man’s argument. “You’re ignoring how college is paid for in the USA,” said one. “The FAFSA looks at your money; you’re not magically exempt from that because you told her you weren’t paying back in the day.”

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