Her Dad Refused to Fund Her College Tuition, and When She Threatened to Elope, He Admitted Wanting to Give the Money to Her Brothers Instead

A man recently reached out for some advice after his daughter threatened to run away because he didn’t want to pay for her college tuition. Here’s what happened.

They Did Okay

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A man and his wife were fairly comfortable financially. They weren’t rich, but they both still worked and did okay.

They Had Three Kids

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The couple had three kids aged between 13 and 18, and they put some ground rules in place pretty early on.

They Had a Choice

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The man said, “We told our kids we had rules. If they don’t plan to go to college, they are out of the house at 21. If they do, they’ve got until they’re 28. Either way, they have time to get themselves established.”

She Chose College

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Their eldest had just graduated high school, and she told her parents that she wanted to go to college. The main reason was that it would give her a little time to figure out what she really wanted to do in life.

It Was News to Him

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The man was surprised when his daughter mentioned going to college. He said, “She showed no interest in college before graduating and didn’t apply to any.”

Had She Really Changed Her Mind?

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Of course, everyone has the right to change their mind and make new plans, but the man wasn’t convinced his daughter really wanted to go to college; he suspected she just wanted to stay at home a bit longer.

They Thought It Would Be a Waste

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The man had enough money put aside to put his daughter through college like she said she wanted, but he thought it would be a waste of money.

They Discussed It with Her

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With their minds made up, the girl’s parents explained their reasoning for not giving her the money she needed to go to college. The man said, “We sat her down, and I said that it would be a waste if she goes for a semester or a year and then drops out.”

She Got Mad at Them

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The girl was mad at her parents, accusing them of “crushing her dreams” and saying that her father clearly preferred her young siblings to her.

He Offered a Compromise

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The man came up with a compromise to keep the peace and hopefully make everyone happy. He said that if she could pay for the first two years by getting loans and scholarships and prove that she was working hard, he’d pay for the final two years.

She Refused

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Knowing that this wasn’t what the man was going to do for his other children, the girl refused to accept the offer, which the man was actually glad about because he wanted to give the money to his sons instead.

She Threatened to Run Away

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The girl was so upset that she told her parents she was going to run away with her boyfriend, whom they disliked, if they wouldn’t pay.

Was He Wrong?

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Was the man wrong to change the rules about college at the last moment, or was he right to suspect it would be a waste of money?

The Internet Responded

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One person said, “If you’re well off financially, why not go ahead and pay? You’re not investing in bonds here; these are your kids.”

Another said, “Moving the goalposts is absolutely unfair, and you’re definitely favoring your other kids.”

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