January 15, 2013

Study: Parental generosity tied to lower student grades

A new national study has found that the more college money parents provide – whether in absolute terms or as a share of total costs – the lower their children's college grades.

"More Is More or More Is Less? Parent Financial Investments During College," by Laura Hamilton, a University of California, Merced, sociology professor, found greater parental contributions linked with lower grades across all kinds of four-year institutions. She suggested that students who get a blank parental check may not take their education as seriously as others.

– New York Times

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