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  •  My parents (0+ / 0-)

    wouldn't pay ANY of my college tuition. Dad didn't feel like he could afford it, and maybe he couldn't; I'm not sure what his income was, but I know it wasn't very high. So I had to work for a few years between high school and save, take out student loans on my own (and thank God for Pell grants!), get on the work study program at my college (which actually gave me some valuable work experience), and I went to a state college, though not in my own state. It took me until I turned 50 to pay off those student loans, but I paid off every penny!

    •  Not to denigrate your achievement, but (3+ / 0-)
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      you shouldn't have to be paying off student loans at 50. It may sound like pie in the sky, but my education was free. All the way from K to college graduation. I went to a public college for which I had to qualify, but it's not like I needed to be a genius, I was about a B+ or so.

      Odd jobs, living at home, and a very small state scholarship took care of books, materials and personal expenses.

      I got a pretty good education, too. That was quite doable 50 years ago, and I consider it a national disgrace that we can't offer a free higher education to every qualified kid in the country.

      "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

      by sidnora on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 01:23:16 PM PST

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