A Wealthy Uncle’s Inheritance Would Put His Daughter Through College, But His Shocking Plan to Keep It All for Himself Dashed Her Dreams

A father recently had a tough talk with his 17-year-old daughter that he would not be covering her college tuition. Money isn’t a concern for him, but rather the principle, and she says his decision is unfair. This is what he had to say.

College on the horizon

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The father and his wife together have a daughter, Abby, who is about to graduate high school. College won’t be far behind. It’s an exciting time for any student, but there’s one problem.

How will she pay for it?

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According to the original poster, the family lives in a small town, but his daughter aspires to attend a university in a big city. “She has been working hard,” he said, “has a lot of extracurriculars, but not the best grades.” The man says that there was always the expectation she would have to figure out tuition on her own.

Qualifying for scholarships

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Unfortunately, with the daughter’s less-than-stellar grades, she may not secure a good scholarship. The man said that he advised his daughter to improve her academic performance to increase her chances. “However, that hasn’t really come to pass,” he said.

The inheritance

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Things changed when the man’s uncle passed away and “left a sizable inheritance for me and my siblings,” he said. His daughter found out about the sudden windfall of cash. “She was absolutely ecstatic because it meant we could afford to pay for her college.” But that wasn’t the case.

Nothing has changed

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Despite receiving this inheritance money, he has no intentions to change his mind about paying for his daughter’s tuition. “I told her that the deal is still the same,” he explained. “She needs to find a way to pay for her education.” But she didn’t take his decision well.

The fight

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Abby was distraught that her father was choosing not to pay for her college education. “She blew up and has been extremely upset since,” said the father. Despite a hugely positive change in the family’s finances, she will still have to navigate financial aid on her own.

A house divided

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The father insists that the plan never changed. However, when it comes to the mother’s opinion, she seems to be more flexible. “Her mother is very sympathetic toward her (encouraging this behavior, even), and says I’m being unreasonable,” said the man.

The aftermath

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This decision has caused a great deal of tension in the household. “Abby hasn’t been out of her room much since the conversation and has refused to look at me,” the man explained. He was left wondering if he made the right decision.

He asked the Internet for advice

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The man insists he is simply sticking to his guns and the original plan that he and his family discussed. He expressed disappointment in his daughter’s reaction. “I think she is being childish and entitled,” he said, “while she is accusing me of ‘clipping her wings’.” Ultimately, he asked the Internet to weigh in on the situation.

The Internet responded

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Most replies spoke up in favor of the daughter in this situation. “How hard is it to offer to help your daughter?” asked one commenter. “She works hard and is doing all the right things,” said another. “You are a selfish father and don’t be surprised if she leaves and never comes back.” Others advised the father that his inheritance money will make it impossible for his daughter to qualify for financial aid in the first place, saying, “You’re ignoring how college is paid for in the USA. The FAFSA looks at your money….So you are effectively clipping her wings.”

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