(Closed) Have you/Do you plan to donate to your alma mater?

posted 8 years ago in Money
  • poll: Have you or will you donate money to your school(s)?

    Yes, I have and will again

    Yes, I have, but not sure about the future

    No, I haven't, but plan to in the future

    No, I haven't and do not plan to

    Other, I'll explain?

  • Post # 32
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    2559 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I haven’t donated yet, but I will when I have the financial means. I adore my alma mater, and last I heard (which admittedly was a while ago) UF has one of the lowest tuition rates of a major public school because they are locked in by the Florida lottery system, which pays much of their students’ tuitions, so I feel like my dollars will actually help preserve programs. I will probably donate to specific departments that I want to ensure stay alive and kicking, rather than specifically to scholarship funds, since that’s more necessary at Florida.

    And I’ll also donate to the Alumni Sports Assn so I can get those coveted football tickets if I ever move back to FL 😉

    Post # 33
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    7547 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I will not donate to my school until the tuition bubble bursts. It’s a vicious cycle – 

    1. The government will loan any student full tuition

    2. Because of this, schools let in too many people & charge whatever tuition they want

    3. Some students who probably shouldn’t go to the school do and borrow exorbitant amounts of money. (I’m not saying everyone shouldn’t have the opportunity to go to college, but everyone should make an educated decision. Many people make good wages and live happy lives with a one or two year technical degree/certificate.)

    4. Students graduate and about 50% actually get jobs in their field because of the saturation. Many students can’t pay their loans and destroy their credit

    It makes me sick. The government/tax payers and students lose while the schools win.  

    Post # 34
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    5217 posts
    Bee Keeper

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    @MrsWrangler:  reeaaalllllyyyy not a UF fan right now since we lost to y’all last Saturday! 🙂

    Post # 35
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    570 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I received a scholarship from an alum when I was in school- it wasn’t a ton, but it subtracted from what I needed to cover with student loans. Once my loans are paid off, I will give the same courtesy to another student with financial need. I will not donate to a general school endowment fund, though.

    Post # 36
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    1278 posts
    Bumble bee

    I don’t really plan on it.  I went to a public University, so it it a bit different then a high cost private school where students depend on scholarships funded by alumni.  I liked my school, but not enought o give them some of my income.

    I would much rather donate money toward scholarships or programs for under served youth, knowing that my money would be helping out thsoe who need it, not going to who knows where.  But I’m a youth worker, so I see the need.

    Post # 37
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    9806 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I have only donated a bit to our athletic fund (but it is required for tickets).  I will donate in the future when I have more extra $, but I will probably direct it towards specific departments or colleges.  But I LOVE my undergrad university, in fact, I work there currently.  I probably won’t donate to my grad university. 

    Post # 38
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    2559 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

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    @Mrs_Amanda:  Haha I won’t lie, we are pretty pleased with ourselves about it! Now I just hope we don’t get too cocky and drop this game to Vandy or something…

    Post # 39
    Member
    1963 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I would only donate for scholarship purposes, especially for my (Canadian) undergrad school which runs a surplus every year! Wtf!

    Post # 40
    Member
    3306 posts
    Sugar bee

    I don’t and I dont plan on it. I was VERY turned off that within 6 months of my graduation date, I was being asked for money when chances were very unlikely that I was employed, much less in my field.

    Post # 42
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    1302 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    No, my parents paid full ride for me to attend my university.  I had a good time there, but given how expensive it was I don’t feel the need to give back to my school in particular.  There are other causes that, to be honest, I feel are more worthy given the bubble in higher education.

    Post # 43
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    237 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I donate every year, but I specifically donate to the womens lacrosse team, since that was my team. I don’t think I’d ever donate directly to the school.

    Post # 44
    Member
    1398 posts
    Bumble bee

    No, I tell them the same thing they told me when I needed help paying – there’s a bank right down the street.  

    Post # 45
    Member
    9916 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I donate every month because I know the money helps scholarship recipients.  That’s one way students will be able to afford college despite rising costs.

     

    I don’t understand people who think they were robbed by their colleges…you chose that school…it’s not like they didn’t tell you it cost money.  

    Post # 46
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    2559 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

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    @peachacid:  I don’t understand people who think they were robbed by their colleges…you chose that school…it’s not like they didn’t tell you it cost money. 

    +1

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