I tweeted this picture a little over a week ago:
The conversation became lively but left me with the question – can a parent who is paying for college choose a degree or major?
Can a Parent Choose a Child’s College Degree?
I think the answer depends on how involved the parent is on a financial level. I think the more money you, as a parent ,are on the hook for the more say you should have in your child’s degree. If a child is paying his way 100% then in reality a parent shouldn’t have a say, although what parent doesn’t have an opinion? and what parent doesn’t share that opinion?
If I am paying for my Son’s degree I will be damned if he ends up with an art history or creative writing degree at a private university. If the world stays the same then there is just no justification for a $200,000+ degree for the ability (unless you are in the 1% of the degree recipients) to make $40,000 per year. Just doesn’t make financial sense when there are State Schools that might make it a bit more reasonable (and even that I am not sure I am for).
My parents despite supporting me financially through college did not choose my major (Business Economics) nor any of my siblings (Exercise Physiology and Neuro Psychology). To be fair none of us had true liberal art majors so maybe it would have been different if I told pops, “I want a degree focused on the indigenous people of West Bumble-Fuck.”
How do you think you’ll handle your Kids? Were your parents involved in your choice of Major if you went to College?