This Dad Secretly Gave Money to His Son for His Education but Made His Daughter Pay for Herself

This man and his wife have two children who are now grown up. When these children were little, the man’s parents made a savings account for their two grandchildren. But there was a rule: the money could be used only for school costs.

The kids

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The man and his wife had always expected the kids to attend grad school, so they saved the money for that. They didn’t even tell their son or daughter about the nest egg.

His daughter studies liberal arts

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Besides, the man’s daughter didn’t need much financial assistance while at college studying liberal arts. She had acquired scholarships on her own, and he felt that being financially independent would teach her some essential life skills about money and budgeting.

She found a job

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The daughter eventually graduated and found a job. It didn’t pay very well, but she loved it and was happy. 

A few years later, her younger brother enrolled as an engineering undergrad. 

And this is where all the trouble began

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His scholarship was smaller than his sister’s, and his course was more challenging, with longer hours and exams. And because of this, the parents decided to give him his share of the education trust fund.

She visited her brother

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During a trip to see her brother at college, she saw the nice apartment in which he lived. Plus, he seemed to have plenty of money for everything else, like food, books, transport, clothes, and nights out.

The daughter didn’t understand

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“He’s not living like I was living at college!” thought the sister. 

So she asked him directly, “How can you afford to live like this as an undergrad?”

She found out about the money

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And that’s when he told her about receiving money from the trust fund.

His sister was raging! And she wanted an explanation from her parents.

She was furious

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Why hadn’t she received her share of the cash put aside for her by her grandparents?

The girl confronted her parents, asking if she could have her part of the money now. Her parents explained that it was an educational fund and that withdrawing it for any other reason would incur charges. They agreed that they would keep the money in case she ever went to graduate school.

Her relationship with her parents turned bad

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Their daughter seemed hurt and upset. She became distant from her parents, rarely calling them.

The dad didn’t know what to do. He knew it seemed unfair, but the money was never really hers in the first place. Plus, it was made very clear that the money was for educational use, and he only gave it to her brother to cover schooling costs.

The dad gave in

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But, eventually, the dad cracked. He couldn’t stand the thought of her being so upset and angry, so he offered to take out the money and give it to her. 

Her response shocked everyone.

She wouldn’t accept the money

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Instead of accepting the money, she refused. 

“I don’t care. Maybe it can be transferred to a grandkid. I don’t know about grad school. I haven’t thought about it much recently. If I do apply, it wouldn’t be for another couple of years, and I hadn’t been counting on having any financial help in the first place, so it really doesn’t even matter.”

The family is now torn

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The situation has now caused a rift in the family, and the dad doesn’t know what to do. He believes that she is she’s refusing the money out of resentment and wants her to have it. 

His wife says to leave it

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But his wife disagrees. She thinks they should take their daughter’s words at face value. If she doesn’t want the money, then she doesn’t want it. That should be the end of it.

The man doesn’t know what to do

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The man has tried to call his daughter to resolve the issue, but she’s no longer picking up. Now he’s worried that their relationship is ruined forever.

People Responded

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One user said, “YTA and Im surprised between your Ph.D. and Masters degrees, you couldn’t figure that out.”

Another said, “And the worst part was that the daughter was PUNISHED for getting scholarships and had to live in a bad area with roommates while the son had a nice apartment on his own in a good area.”

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