Can divorced parents split the college bill?

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According to divorcesupport.about.com, 58 percent of children from divorced families are currently enrolled in college. I am one of those students.

Paying for school is a financial burden for both married and unmarried couples. Divorced parents have to figure out who is going to help contribute to their child’s college expenses.
In my experience, my mother helped pay for my books and dorm room essentials, while my father bought me my laptop. Both my parents wanted to make sure that their costs would be almost even.

Coming from a divorced family, I understand how difficult it can be to pay the bills when you have a single parent. College is not a bill that you can just ‘get around to,’ you have to stay consistent with paying the tuition fee and understand how loans work. One parent should not have to deal with all this; both parents should be involved in the next chapter of their child’s life and help them by splitting the cost.

Since I do come from a divorced family, I noticed how hard it would be for one of my parents if they had to carry the burden of paying for college alone. I could never ask that of either of them.

Freshman Brittany Wright stated her father purchased her laptop and textbooks, along with other needed school supplies. On the other hand, her mother helped buy her bedding, clothing and dorm room necessities. In her opinion, she thinks that it is only fair for both parents to contribute to their child’s college education.

I agree with her because I saw how stressed out my mother became when she realized how expensive the cost of college supplies really were. I think it’s reasonable for both parents to split the cost because one parent shouldn’t have to bare the responsibility.

arents need to coincide and support their child, despite the differences they may have. Sending a child off to college is a huge step in both the parent and child’s life and the parents should cooperate in order to maintain an open-mind to their child’s education.
Taylor Sizemore, an incoming freshman, gives outlook on the situation, “I believe that parents need to come to an agreement in the cost of their child’s education. One parent should not have to pay the tuition in full.”

I interviewed four more freshmen, who want to remain anonymous. One said that one of their parents took out the Parent Plus Loan and the other pays for transportation and school supplies.

The other three students all replied that their parents are trying to split the cost reasonably without arguments regarding who is providing more money. They all feel that it is only right for the parents to put aside their differences in regards to sending their child off to college and paying for the cost.

After interviewing multiple freshmen, their overall views were that divorced parents should both split the cost of all college funds; it would be the only realistic way in paying for school.

Email: svan@radford.edu