ESSENCE Poll: Should Parents Be Responsible for Paying Their Child's College Tuition?

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Two New Jersey parents are being forced to pay their daughter's tuition against their will. Is it fair?

We can all agree that it's a parent's responsibility to provide for their child until adulthood. But does that provision need to include paying college tuition? Twenty-year-old Caitlyn Ricci thinks so. She sued her parents for her college tuition. And won.

ABC Action News reports that Ricci, who is estranged from both of her parents, has successfully sued her parents and now they are court-ordered to pay $16,000 a year for their daughter's education at Temple University.

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Her parents, however, believe their daughter is "a spoiled brat."

"She comes from two loving families and she was given what she wanted when she was growing up," her father, Michael Ricci said.

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"I think she just wants money. She wants us to pay for her education. She feels this is owed to her," said her mother, Maura McGarvey.

Reportedly, Ricci's parents were willing to pay for their daughter's in state education in New Jersey, if she followed their rules and lived at home. However, they claim that she purchased a car and left home. This semester's bill for Temple was due this past Wednesday and Ricci's parents have refused to pay.

What do you think? Is it the parents' responsibility to pay for their child's college education? Take the poll and let us know in the comments what you would do.

QUESTION:
Should Parents Be Responsible for Paying for College Tuition?
Yes
29%
No
71%
Total votes: 464

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