When I decided to go to college my parents said they would give me full support and would cover all my education expenses as long as I kept getting good grades like I did in high school. I think they wouldn’t give me this financial support if they didn’t trust me or if they didn’t trust that I would do my best. They offered to pay me rent to live near school but I thought it was a waste of money since my parents’ house is only 30 minutes of public transports away from school. Also I’m a really proud person sometimes, so I feel kind of bad for taking so much from them. Therefore, I live in my parents’ house and go to college by bus everyday.
If I stayed in a dorm or shared a flat, I would be paying much more money than I pay now for the bus ticket. In my college, it’s a bit strange that people from far (apparently they consider 30 minutes far away) don’t live in a flat near the school. At least everyone get’s surprised when I say that I make a half an hour trip to school everyday when the only thing they have to do is walk 5 minutes to get to class. I mean, it would be much easier if I did that too, but I wouldn’t feel good about myself.
Here in Portugal, underprivileged students also get scholarships that pay all their expenses but only if they prove they have a low income. But I guess that happens in every country.
Greetings from Portugal