Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Society & CultureEtiquette · 6 months ago

If someone tells you that they just graduated from a phd program is it okay to say “you must have a lot of student loans”?

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  • A.J.
    Lv 7
    6 months ago
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    There's no purpose to it and makes assumptions that may or may not be true. Many PhD programs have paid work available as a course instructor. Many offer grants and scholarships. Some people are financially secure either on their own, from inheritance, or parents. Are you trying to criticize him or her to make yourself feel superior?

    You can congratulate him/her. If you wanted to get additional education and could never afford it, that is a possible way to bring up the subject. You start with your own situation.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    If they did they must have gone to an unaccredited tier 4 school. At my school everyone gets tuition waved and a stipend. I am assuming you were trying to be funny but most phd students don’t pay anything for school yet everyone blames money on not going. Other degree programs are expensive.

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  • GEEGEE
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Not especially. It's their business, no one else's.

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  • steve
    Lv 6
    6 months ago

    I think it would be a general assumption. But unless you know for definite they or their family hadn't paid them through their studies it is a bit presumptuous.

    It might be more acceptable to say 'well done great but I bet that was expensive'. Then it is up to them to tell you if it was and how it was funded if of course they want to.

    They could just say yes it was without further explanation. Why is it important for you to know?

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  • Lita
    Lv 6
    6 months ago

    No, it isn't. Your making an assumption and involving yourself in their financial affairs which is none of your business.

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  • 6 months ago

    Makes u sound jealous

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  • drip
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Their finances are not your business. You should not comment on them

    And you are making assumptions.

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  • 6 months ago

    That depends on where you live. If you are in the USA, you know they have to pay for their education. If they are in most European countries, education, like health care, is free. Some socialist ideas are good for everyone.

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  • susan
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    The best thing to say is, "Congratulations."

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Actually, that's a nice thing to say. It shows that you feel sympathy for them, and that you care about their financial situation. It might even start a good conversation about how post-secondary school should cost less.

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  • 6 months ago

    yeah its ok LOL if u live IN US

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