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#56 Tuition from Maaser?
May one pay tuition from Maaser money?Paying Schar Limud, tuition, from Maaser money is not ideal. If one doesn’t use Maaser money for tuition, they actually end up in a better financial situation. The Gemoro says that all of one’s financial needs for the whole year are pre-determined, and one is supposed to measure their expenses very carefully, except for the money that one pays for tuition. That money comes from a separate account, and whatever one pays, one will get that money additionally from Above. Nonetheless, if a person wants to use Maaser money for tuition, he may only do it under the following circumstances: a) if he can’t afford not to and has no other option, b) only for older children which according to many Poskim are children from six years old and up, and c) only for the expenses associated withTorah learning, such as to pay for the dormitory, transportation, and other side expenses associated with learning, but not to pay the direct cost of learning, i.e. the salary for the teacher in the classroom.Practical Halacha: One minute a day. By Horav Yosef Yeshaya Braun, shlita, member of the Badatz of Crown Heights.Text by Miss Esther Rochel Elkaim