Youth Rights Association of Orange County Calls for
Legislation To Protect College Students from Deadbeat Parents
Students across Americas are being punished for their parents'
income. Under financial aid rules, an amount for family
contribution, based on family income, is withheld from college aid
under the assumption that families will pay that amount. Too
often, self-centered parents, most often fathers, are unwilling to pay
that contribution and students are unable to afford college. In
other words, students are being punished for income to which they don't
have access and the punishment is resulting in an uneducated middle
Why should children be punished for the selfishness of parents?
This is the number one complaint of students who are planning for
college. It is time the government stepped in and helped American
college students. The college students suffering the most are
from the middle class. The rich hand over the bucks and the
income of the poor doesn't punish the students. It is the middle
class families that do the balancing act and often shortchange their
kids' college education. America's leaders
need to decide whether they want the middle class to die with this
generation or if they want to help middle class students who want to
The main problem appears to relate to fathers. Of students
complaining, virtually all are attributing the problem to overbearing
fathers who force their deadbeat will on their families. Some of
these fathers would prefer to see their kids shoveling manure to fund
their own college instead of doing what fathers have done for years and
pay for the education.
Some fathers seem to have either forgotten the importance of education
or have been so pampered by sacrificing family members all their life
that they feel no need to assist other members of their own family in
having the same advantages they had. It may be time for the
government to lend these fathers a hand in the prioritizing department
or in zeroing out the father's income as a consideration in college
aid. A solution favored by prospective college students would be
for the government to provide the aid to the students, regardless, and
later collect reimbursement from deadbeat parents who could have paid
America is on the verge of becoming a third world country. Jobs
are currently going to better educated citizens of India.
Students ask whether the government has any interest in bringing jobs
home. The answer is in the funding of college education.