2010 December 14 Tuesday
Married Parents Pay More College Expenses

If you want to go to college your odds are better if your parents are still married to each other.

College students whose parents have remained married to each other are faring better financially than their peers with divorced or remarried parents, according to new research from Rice University and the University of Wisconsin.

The study, published in the December Journal of Family Issues, found that divorced parents contributed about a third of what married parents contributed to their children's education even though the divorced parents' incomes are about half as much as their married peers'; remarried parents contributed about half of what married parents contributed, despite having incomes similar to those parents who have stayed married.

The researchers discovered that married parents contributed about 8 percent of their income to their child's college costs and met 77 percent of their children's financial needs; divorced parents contributed about 6 percent of their income and met only 42 percent of their children's financial needs; remarried parents contributed only 5 percent of their income and met 53 percent of their children's needs.

I see this as yet another research report that is necessary in order to prove disputed yet obvious truths. You might think this result entirely unsurprising. After all, divorced parents have to maintain the costs of two households. Also, if Mom gets custody but Dad makes more then Dad has less daily contact with the kids and emotional bonds weaken. Yet some liberals still try to deny the value of marriage.

Since so many parents get divorced - or never get married in the first place and split up more easily - the rising costs of higher education are an even heavier burden for a very large fraction of kids whose parents are divorced. Short of putting Humpty Dumpty back together again and returning to much older attitudes toward marriage what to do? Automate and accelerate education.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2010 December 14 09:26 PM  Education

miles said at December 15, 2010 9:54 AM:

Radio host Phil Valentine read a story on air the other day that detailed how one hispanic woman was getting $1100-a-month from the government because her two teenage daughters were diagnosed with ADHD for the past 10 years. The storyline was that she and her daughters were complaining about a provision that would "tax" her daughter's benefits if they got jobs that paid them over $85-a-month at about a 50% rate in earnest, because their ADHD-benefit money gets severely cut if they show they can perform jobs and hold employment outside the home.

The story didn't elaborate on whether or not this woman was legal, but thats not what aroused my interest. I was thinking about all the little people in America who work 60 hours a week at jobs like convienience stores and stocking shelves at various outlets when this one (almost assuredly unmarried) woman has simply dropped two kids on us, got them to get diagnosed with some phoney-baloney-condition, and gets paid two paychecks a month of what working class people have to labor very hard for, and then has the temerity to complain that some of its taken back if her girls go out and show that they can function and hold jobs. Her eldest daughter (with ADHD) apparently wants to be a cartoonist in Japanese Anime. Doesn't really sound like she's disabled does it?

The ships headed toward the ice-field. "Full Steam Ahead!", cries Senator Reid.

Forgive me for the above. Im a reactionary, mean-spirited, insensitive, cold-hearted, "unelegant", slash-and-burn conservative.

SF said at December 15, 2010 11:46 PM:

The other side of the coin is that children of single mothers are eligible for a lot more financial aid.

Jeff Maylor said at December 16, 2010 4:39 PM:

Gosh, it's almost as if there is some value to an intact nuclear family.

Mike said at December 18, 2010 7:39 PM:

Clearly these incentives are back to front. Lets say these kids do have a genetic concentration problem and can't hold down a job without aid (quite possibly true, their mother was obviously impulsive for a start ). In that case let the state pay for their medication if they get a job, get offered a job, or start a genuine job training course. However if the kids aren't actually working, then they don't need to have good concentration skills and therefore they don't need extra financial assitance.

There's certainly many people who struggle to cope in today's increasing competitive and bizzare world of work, but I only have sympathy for those who are actually working in it.

salman said at March 1, 2015 8:40 AM:

children of single mothers are eligible for a lot more financial aid.

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