You're saying something like, high school GPA is unimportant when you're looking for a job. What I'm saying is, a good high school GPA will place you at a better college which will help you find a job in the future.
If my son wanted to get a degree in something ridiculous like music history I'd tell him he was on his own.
I'm not sure how one can get bad grades given they do the work. In college, just knowing the material is enough to get a GPA 2.5 or higher.
Of course someone that is more determined and studies more in general is going to get a higher grade. The group of people that get their college tuition paid consists of both determined people and undetermined people, where as the people that have to pay themselfs usually only consist of determined people. The undetermined people that don't have money don't goto college and don't get included in the fancy GPA stat eh?
I think it has less to do with whether your parents are paying and more to do with how much you respect your parents.
If you just don't give a shit, if you treat it like its a handout becuase you don't care what impact it has on your parents then your not going to try as hard.
If you respect your parents and recognize the extended commitment they made to your life with this money then you might be even MORE motivated.
meh I'm not paying for my college lol and I have a good gpa
now if I did pay for college....maybe I wouldve gotten a 4.0....
Edit: Also I have more time to study & relax leaving me less stressed than having to go straight to studying to work again
Save up money for your kids college, have them take out the loans and work jobs to get through it, then help them with their loan payments.
Make them work for it and make them get the benefit of getting what they struggled for, while still doing what you can for them. Seems like win/win to me.
I know a couple of people who transferred to a 4 year from a community college. 3.8+ at CC, academic probation first quarter at 4 year.
It could be that people who pay for their own education tend to go to for lower ranked schools that hand them scholarships, resulting in higher GPAs. It could also be that self pay students tend to go to community colleges that are easier.
I would take the results of this study with a grain of salt because there are a lot of confounding factors to control for and the ABC article doesn't link to the study itself.
Parental disappointment is worse than getting kicked in the groin repeatedly, for me at least. I'm too afraid to disappoint my parents, to the point where it makes me all the more motivated to do well in College.