Post # 1
There is a barrage of articles in the newspapers these days about tuition costs and post-secondary funding. I am curious to see how many folks out there have donated funds to the school they attended, or plan to do so in the future.
PS – I’m Canadian, so tuition is a little different here 🙂
Post # 3
After paying more than 50K per year, and still not having a job 4 years after graduation…no, I will never ever give them money. They already robbed me once.
Post # 4
DH and I both donate to our alma mater (we went to the same school) every year. Not only did we love the place but it also gives us priority for better season tickets for football if we have a consistent record of donations.
ETA: At 25/26, our group of friends (including us) already have seats in rows 5 & 6 from the field at the 20 yard line. Yay!
Post # 5
No. Not that I don’t love the school, but I spent a ton of money while I was there (and for the 10 years after that it took me to pay off my student loans). I’d rather donate to an animal rescue.
Post # 6
I haven’t, but I will when I’m financially able.
Post # 7
@MrsTVLover: Hah, glad I’m not the only one bitter about the cost of schooling, although you definitely paid much more! A mere two years of grad school left me with $32K of debt that I’m scheduled to have paid off in about 18 years. Maybe after that, I’ll *consider* donating.
Post # 8
Fortunately, I went to college before it costed $100K+ to get an undergraduate degree. I have no plans to donate to my college. If I donate the money to anything it will be to help my nephew and niece with college expenses.
My nephew just finished law school and had to open his own practice because he couldn’t get a job. He has outrageous student loans.
My niece just started college but was lucky enough to get a state scholarship that will pay her tuition for any college in the state.
These outrageous increases in tuition have got to stop. Most kids can’t even get jobs to pay their loans off and they can’t go to school without loans. It’s a vicious cycle.
Post # 9
@Mrs.KMM: That’s a really interesting perk, thanks for sharing 🙂
I expected there would be a lot of bitter folks… part of the reason I’m curious.
I have a whole heck of a lot to say/questions, but don’t believe that this is the place for it, so I’ll leave it at that.
Post # 10
I’m currently a student, and they take enough of my money now as it is (tuition increases every year, suddenly charging for free services, the admin changing my FAFSA without my knowledge so that I don’t have my final paperwork in on time to get grant money). When I graduate I will be happy to be done with them and never look back.
Post # 11
Yes. I have donated to my high school and my college. I will donate in the future once I have some real money. I got scholarships to attend both institutions — and I know that if it wasn’t for the genrous suppoer of alumni, family, friends, and others who donated, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to go to those schools.
Post # 12
I plan to, but my donation with be to the athletic scholarship fund, which is required to get season tickets.
Post # 13
@RayRayFurious: Same for me with the scholarships. I got half of my tuition covered and I know the scholarships I recived are funded through the donations of alumni. Without those scholarships, I wouldn’t have been able to attend the school I did. I’d like to think that my donations will help others have the same opportunity I had.
Post # 14
I used to donate to my law school, but I’m going to switch my annual alma mater contribution to my MBA program that I just graduated from. Mostly because I’m never going to practice law again.
I would never in a million years donate to my undergrad program.
Post # 15
Nope, they already got enough of my money and tutition is now about 43k a year. I think I need it more than them.