"When is the last time you had to put 2 bucks of gas in the car so the other three bucks could feed the family dinner that night?"
More like $2 in gas, $5 in scratch offs and $7 for a pack of smokes.
"It's funny how the well-off project their own failings on the poor."
I don't have failings. I grew up 1 step above-----------.
"No he will probably spend spring break at home working gig's because you can't get a job for 2 weeks."
No reason why he can't work part time in school. Work in a computer lab, parking, or sell his blood plasma. If he is a good student, tutoring. Heck, sign up for "America Read" or "America Counts". On top of this, he will get a Pell Grant. Assuming you contribute nothing, that is like $6,000/year.
"As far as the car goes he'll be driving a 2005 Pontiac vibe starting his sophomore year, no car freshman year because parking for freshmen is outrageous."
If he ain't working and is living on campus, zero need for a car at all.
"Being poor requires a whole different mindset
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No, STAYING POOR requires a different kind of mindset. It isn't that hard to be at least middle class in this country. As to the subject above, if your kid graduates with more than $50K in debt, he made very bad life decisions including being lazy. Just by selling his blood plasma and Pell Grants, he will get $40K to offset the $64K in tuition, room and board - so, you are looking at $24K in debt, which could easily go to $0 is he works 15 hours/week + summers and actually lives like a college kid and not an entitled millennial.