PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Professors at Brigham Young University just released a new study showing a free ride for your college education isn't the best option.
The study printed in the Journal of Adult Development, found if you are paying for your tuition, you will be working harder.
Students who pay for their own schooling agree with that.
Erica Landeros a Sophomore at Utah Valley University told ABC4, "They care less. I mean I feel I care more."
Nate Decker, also a student at Utah Valley University, said "We have jobs, work harder in school and manage a job. They have a lot more work ethic."
Researchers at BYU talked to 400 undergraduates and their parents across the country. The questions were the same: who pays for school? They found college students who get significant financial support from parents might graduate faster, but there are drawbacks.
BYU Professor Larry Nelson lead the team, he told ABC4, "They are not contributing and they don't feel a sense of this is mine and its important."
Nelson and his team also found students who don't pay for school have more free time; they party more, work less and have a weaker vision of their future.
The take home message? Nelson said, "Parents still matter."
Too much of a good ting may be a problem, but there needs to be some support so students don't feel completely alone.