Getting a free ride to college is what a lot of parents pray for. We push our kids to do well to get a scholarship, or several scholarships, so that we don't have to sell our house to pay for tuition. As a dual credit student, there are no scholarships kt grants to help you out. Our local community college gives you a 70% discount on classes. awesome! Books are full price. You're looking at about $1000 per semester for 4 classes with tuition and books. Not as bad as Harvard, but it is still a lot of money for a family.
I have always pushed my kids to do as well as possible. They don't have to get straight A’s, but that is the goal. A 0 is never acceptable. Because that means you didn't even try. I can handle a bad grade if you didn't get the concept, but that means that you need to restudy the material and try again.
I'm not a fan of working while in school. You have your whole life to work. While you are in school, you need to focus on your lessons and do the best you can. Anything else is just a distraction. Don't get me wrong - this does not include sports or extracurricular activities. Those are necessary for a well rounded education.
Our rule for college to be paid is this:
You must maintain an 85 minimum in your classes
YUp. That the only rule. You don't have to work your way through (dual credit) college as long as you maintain an 85 in each class. If you don't maintain an 85 or higher in each class, you get a warning from mom and dad (depending on why the grade was worse, and how bad that grade was). If it continues, you have to find a way to pay for it yourself.
This also applies for college. At least in college you can get scholarships and grants. I despise loans. There are too many scholarships to get a loan.
And that's it. How do you pay for college?