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Thursday, March 16, 2017

A father in Austria has had enough of paying for his daughter's tuition and has taken her to court to have the debt repaid.

The unnamed woman studied architecture at the University of Vienna, however, her father judged that she had taken too long to complete her studies and has successfully sued her to repay the tuition fee to the tune of €24,000 (including interest). That is $25,523.


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The would-be architect took a total of 13 semesters to complete her bachelor's degree. On average it should take just 8 semesters to finish the same degree at the university.

After failing to win 2 cases in the country's lower courts, the frustrated father took his case all the way to the Supreme Court.

That court decided that the father did indeed have a case, ruling that he was only liable to pay for 10 of the dallying daughter's 13 semesters, amounting to 39 months of fees the father was not obliged to pay.

In addition to the €24,000, the daughter will have to fork out €8,000 ($8,564) in legal fees.


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Though this may seem like an unusual case, Austrian press reports that it is far from an isolated incident.

The firm that represented the father in this case has had six similar suits to contest over the last two years.

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2017-03-16 09:52 AM | Reply

Yeah... that'll show her.. the little moocher...

#2 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2017-03-16 09:53 AM | Reply

Is my math correct...she was in college for 14 years?

#3 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2017-03-16 09:56 AM | Reply

I think more like 6-7 years.

There's even a hilarious german movie about such people.


#4 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2017-03-16 10:13 AM | Reply

If he felt he was only obligated to pay for 10 semesters, then why did he pay for the other 3? Too late to change your mind.

#5 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2017-03-16 10:13 AM | Reply

It only makes sense if he was legally obligated to pay and she took advantage. If he chose to pay then he was part of the problem.

#6 | Posted by Sully at 2017-03-16 10:25 AM | Reply

13 semesters to complete her bachelor's degree.

Holy crap, someone dumber than Palin.

#7 | Posted by 726 at 2017-03-16 11:55 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

#4 I thought that, because that's the norm, but then the article said that not paying for the last 3 semesters, he was avoiding paying for 39 months of school. If every semester is 13 months (let that sink in....), she was in school for 14 years and never got her degree.

#8 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2017-03-16 01:24 PM | Reply

By definition a semester is a 1/2 year term lasting 15 to 18 weeks.

#9 | Posted by 726 at 2017-03-16 05:04 PM | Reply

#9 Yes, I realize that. The article just says something different.

On a related topic. Why does the education system bother calling terms semesters? A "half year" is 26 weeks. A semester is 15-18 weeks. Many students choose to attend summer semester, which would mean the school is actually on a trimester system. I attended a university that used the quarter system, and I've always wondered when the educational system managed to delude itself into thinking that working for 30-36 weeks a year was a full-time job.

#10 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2017-03-17 07:41 AM | Reply

7 LOL haven't you heard dude? Most colleges now project 5 years or more to get an Undergrad degree. Kids ares suing their parents AND WINNING for college diplomas. I think it's only fitting to see the tide turning.

#11 | Posted by DavetheWave at 2017-03-17 06:35 PM | Reply

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