Your choices are limited.
I do not need
to pay it, but you better believe I will
if they need help. I never want money to deter my kids from a college education. I am more than willing to give them whatever they need to make their dreams come true, including money. Especially if I am financially able.
I got plenty of grants and scholarships, but my parents majorly helped me fill in the gaps. They were able to send 4 of their 5 kids to college (1 went to the Navy), and they have 3 graduates and one on the way. This was important to them and to us. I worked, sometimes 3 jobs, to make money to spend. I even had one of my jobs for 5 years (as I took time off to have a baby and everything
). But my parents always helped if I needed it. They are the reason I was able to go to college. And they will be there for me when I continue on and get other degrees.
My friends whose parents could not or would not help out were always stressed and worried about money. It often overshadowed everything else.
So, yes, I would pay for my children's college educations, but I do expect them to seek grants, scholarships and work if possible to contribute.