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Moral Money: 'My daughter has chosen a useless degree and I don't want to help pay fees. Am I a bad parent?'

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Moral Money deciding whether to pay for university fees
A reader wants to refuse to pay the tuition fees of their daughter's university course Credit: Tamas Tomcsenko

My daughter is about to receive her A-level results but I feel she is making a mistake with her choice of course.

I had put aside cash to help pay her tuition fees but I am unwilling to contribute to an expensive degree in a useless subject. Am I a bad parent?

NK, London

Going to university isn’t cheap. On top of the tuition fees, students must pay for their accommodation, living costs and course materials, meaning the average student leaves university with more than £50,000 worth of debt, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

No wonder many parents try and help with the cost. In your case, you have saved to help your daughter with her studies but are now concerned that her course choice...

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