We've talked before about school and college and the fact that my sweetie and I believe that education is important. When we first discussed having a big family, we knew that money would be an issue. It always is! So we told the kids right from the beginning that we had to pay for our own education and they would have to pay for theirs so they had better figure it out.
We do not have a single college fund for any of our 12 children.
They do all have savings accounts and some have saved more than others. We have been fortunate to have all 5 of our college-aged kids on scholarships of one sort or another. Some have chosen to do the New Century Scholarship here in Utah. That means they graduate with an Associates degree the same time they graduate from high school.
It's a difficult thing to do! I know, because I did it myself.
Drama Queen was the first to complete this feat. The state paid her second 2 years of tuition completely, so most of her college was funded by New Century and her academic scholarships. Teach followed shortly after and she actually made money going to school because she chose to live home and go to school locally.
Now it is Princess's turn. She is on track to finish her high school diploma and her Associates degree from Salt Lake Community College in a few short months.
For each of these three children we have offered a certain gift, a reliable used car (we get to choose!) that will help them finish school. But then they are on their own. Oh, we help them with food and that sort of thing, but we don't pay their tuition or give them money.
And today, Princess got her car! It's a little yellow 2006 PT Cruiser. We got a great deal at Peterson Auto and it even has low miles. Hopefully it will take her where she needs to go for many years to come. Congrats, Princess, you have worked so hard and we are so proud of you!