The Tuition Squeeze and Squeaks
Answer: Much has been written and discussed concerning the “tuition squeeze” which pits parents against tuition committees. In general, the committees, which consist of serious laymen who devote time and energy to help keep the school afloat, do show consideration to parents who truly cannot afford the fees. Their battle is with those parents, like your friend, who have other ideas about where to spend their money and do not accord a high priority to paying for their child’s education.
Try to explain to your friend how difficult it is for the school to effectively serve his child if parents like him do not do their part to the best of their ability. Remind him as well that our Sages promise that whatever he spends on his child’s Torah education will not really cost him anything in the end.