I doubt this is the full story. "Paid their own way" can mean many
different things. Each of those 12 is looking at $50k or more--and if it's
grad school, it's $150k or more, med school is $250k. Student isn't
likely to pick that up working part time at McDonald's. I have a feeling
those 12 are deeply into federal loans or grants, don't you? What do
I graduated a long time ago, and I am still paying my own way through
college!But it has been worth every penny!
A lot of what this guy did is simply not possible for a lot of people. Forcing a
kid into an AP class can result in failing a class and a hatred for the subject,
a lot of parents don't have the time or money to stick their kids in clubs
and sports, getting a car for each kid isn't in the budget for the majority
of families, and everything under the heading "Vacation" isn't a
possibility for plenty of people as well. It worked for him, but a lot of it
worked because he had the resources. And as Irony Guy said, we don't know
how these kids paid for their college, and if they're really just in debt.
I think if college is a priority for your family, and you can afford it,
it's selfish not to put in some money.
I hated the words Dad can I have.