I posted something here a few minutes ago, but took it down cause it was a little personal.....I dont see anthing wrong w/parents paying tuition IF they are in a position to help, and most importantly, IF they have taught the child the value of $$ and how to manage it. The biggest problem I see w/kids whose parents pay for everything is that they do not respect or understand what they have. THAT is the most irritating part.
I can see why spoiled brats annoy people. I think they are annoying, even to other spoiled brats. However, in defense of people who "expect" their parents to pay for their schooling...if my parents couldn't afford to pay for my school, I would never expect them to, but since they can, and since their income prevents me from qualifying for financial aid (which i would get based on my own income), I do think they should help pay something. Because I think it's really bad to saddle your kids with $150,000 in debt when you could pay for their school by just not getting that bigger yacht. And it's incredibly hard on the student, because they don't qualify for subsidized loans or grants even though they are poor themselves and would not only be in debt up to their ears, but would be in high-interest private debt up to their ears. In this instance, it is (financially) better to be poor and have poor parents than to be poor (or just young and not have any money of your own) and have unsupportive rich parents.