Most Students Expect Parents' Financial Help After College

Jim Liebelt | Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University | Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Most Students Expect Parents' Financial Help After College

*The following is excerpted from an online article from MoneyTalksNews.

If you thought the financial hardships of raising a child were complete after college graduation, you’re wrong.

According to a recent survey by Upromise, the savings division of Sallie Mae, more than two-thirds of students (68 percent) expect mom and dad to financially support them after college graduation.

The interesting thing is that many parents are seemingly OK with it. In fact, 65 percent of those surveyed said they plan to keep their pocketbooks open to their kids for up to five years after graduation.

Many parents will keep more than their wallets open; they’ll also open their home to their college grads, Upromise said. About half of students said they’d be willing to pay rent to their parents for a roof over their head, though just 24 percent of parents said they’d charge their adult college grads rent to live with them. Just 5 percent of parents said they’re not open to having their children move back into their home after graduation.

"Many of us assume that parents and teens have opposing viewpoints, especially on the subject of money, but these findings show that both generations are in sync when it comes to the challenges of preparing for college," said Erin Condon, president of Upromise, in a statement.

Although parents acknowledge that getting a college education is important for their children, a recent report revealed that less than half are actually saving money for college. The biggest reason? Parents simply lack the money to put away.

Source: MoneyTalksNews