A pragmatic father divided Redditors when he revealed that he paid for his son’s dream college but refuses to do the same for his daughter. He says it’s all a matter of return on investment. Here is his full story.
He Has His Hands Full
OP is a 49-year-old single father. His son is 23 years old and his daughter is a 17-year-old college senior.
They’re All His
OP has had full custody of his children since he and his wife got divorced several years ago, and she does not pay any child support.
They Dream Big
Each of OP’s children has a “dream school,” and his son was a strong enough student to get into his.
He Pays Big Bucks
The cost of tuition and living expenses is about $50,000 per year, and OP pays the whole thing.
He doesn’t want his son to come out of school with debt.
The Payoff Will Be Worth It
And OP also views his son’s education as a great investment because the young man is planning to become a dentist.
They’ll Pave His Path
There is a long line of dentists in OP’s family, so he knows how well the profession pays.
And he also knows his family will help his son study for his boards and with internships.
He Has More to Pay
OP also plans to pay for his son’s dental school.
She Can Go Wherever She Wants
Meanwhile, OP’s daughter is getting ready for her own college career.
Like her brother, she has a dream school, and she’s also a strong enough student to get in.
It’s Too Rich for Him
The problem is that the daughter’s dream school is in the middle of an expensive city, so it’s going to cost about $75,000 per year to send her there.
It’s an investment that OP is not willing to make.
She Wants to Teach
OP’s daughter has made it clear that she plans to be a middle school teacher.
She’s Locking Herself In
And she’s not really leaving the door open for anything else, because she told OP she is going to major in education in college.
She Won’t Make Much
OP has done his research and knows that middle school teachers make a fraction of what dentists make.
It would take many years for his daughter to make as much as he would spend on her education.
He Found a Better Option
Instead, OP found a state school that’s 2 hours from their house and has a great education program.
The total cost would be just $20,000 per year.
He’ll Even Pay
And OP is more than willing to pay that amount for his daughter to become a teacher like she wants to.
She Wants Her Dream to Come True
But his daughter is very upset with OP and says he is favoring his son over her.
She doesn’t understand why she can’t go to her dream school.
It’s All Numbers to Him
OP has tried to explain the difference in ROI to her, but she doesn’t want to hear it.
Go Big or Stay Home
OP has also told his daughter that he’d gladly pay the $75,000 per year if she chose a major that could land her a $100,000 job out of the gate.
She’s Trying to Drum Up Support
His daughter is sticking to her guns, though, and she’s pulling family members into the argument with OP.
Some agree with her, some with him, and some are just staying out of it.
He Doesn’t Want to Hurt Her
Now, OP feels terrible that his daughter thinks he doesn’t care as much about her and her career as he does his son.
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But OP also has a hard time swallowing such a huge price tag for a degree his daughter could get at a fraction of the cost.
Would It Be a Waste of Money?
Redditors are torn on this story, with plenty of them taking OP to task for favoring his son over his daughter.
But several teachers also weighed in, too, and they agree with OP that spending big bucks for a teaching degree is a waste of money.
Don’t Break the Bank
They don’t think he should break the bank just so his daughter can have a college “experience.”
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