Kids spoilt by parents who pay for uni get worse grades

Kimberly Gillan
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Parents who fund their kids through university might think they're aiding their education, but US research suggests that the more financial assistance students get, the worse their grades are likely to be.

"Parental aid decreases student grades, but it increases the odds of graduating," wrote researcher Laura Hamilton, from the University of California, Merced.

She analysed data from three large studies and found the greater the parental contributions, the lower the grades.

Rather than being grateful for their parents' financial support and working harder, students with the most funding don't try as hard.

"Students with parental funding often perform well enough to stay in school but dial down their academic efforts," Hamilton wrote.

She suggests that they don't take their studies as seriously when they haven't made a personal investment.

However the study did find that students who were funded by their parents were more likely to pass their degrees.

Hamilton said she is not saying that parents shouldn't pay for their children's university fees, but that they should have discussions about goals and expectations with their children.

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