[aprssig] College tuitions

bob evinger wd9eka at evinger.com
Wed Apr 9 13:03:40 EDT 2008

I'll second what the other bob said. But for my oldest daughter it was an 
eye opener from her. Guess we have a different set of values, both my wife 
and I had to mostly pay our own way through college as our parents didnt 
have mcbucks and we knew that up front. Kids have been told the same, if 
they want to live at home and go to a local school fine but dont expect to 
bankroll them.
NIcole, my oldest is a ham but only because that was a requirement before 
she  could get her drivers license. We have chosen not to do the McMansion 
thing as well so her  "need" as perceived by the government/school bodies 
is non- existant.

Could never get her to let me put an external on her car, threatened to 
put an aprs tracker in it when she was in high school though :)

bob e.

On Wed, 9 Apr 2008, Robert Bruninga wrote:

>> Bob... Soon to be simultaneous tuitions...?
>> Are you selling our satellite secrets to
>> the Russians...?
> Its frustrating.  A real eye-opener. Nothing like what we
> expected...  If anyone else has APRS Ham kids going to college
> (that makes it germain to this email list), here is what we
> learned (the hard way).
> Don't save for college, spend all your money, buy cars, boats,
> and houses, go into debt, mortgage to the max, drive 10 MPG
> SUV's, don't worry, all of the top schools (and the government)
> will GUARANTEE to pay any or all college costs that you cannot
> pay.  If your kid is accepted, the top schools guarantee that
> they will pay whatever you need.
> On the other hand, however, if you both work, save for college,
> live frugally, drive 12 year old cars, the bus and carpool,
> don't buy boats, and McMansions, don't go on vacations, and
> cruises, don't live off of credit, buy only what you can pay
> for, and try to save for retirement and don't run up debt, then
> there is no money, no scholarships, no loans, and no financial
> aid.  You are on your own...
> Apparently, in these modern times, all incentives are on
> spending, and consumption and debt (which leads to waste, but
> that is another story)...  There are few public incentives
> (beyond personal values) toward frugality, saving, and living
> within one's means.
> Oops, we did get one scholarship of $1500 from the ARRL
> Foundation since the kids are hams.  That was the ONLY
> scholarship that was not "based solely on "need""...
> Sorry for the political diatribe... But it has been an
> eyeopener...
> Bob
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