lol I mean I guess if this is the direction this blog is heading
In a perfect world, people would not be financially responsible for their parents until they were helping pay for their parents to go to a retirement home. But obviously, that doesn’t always happens, as there are a lot of different circumstances that might put way more responsibility (financial or otherwise) on a kid than they should have at their age.
First of all, do not touch your scholarship money unless you are paying tuition with it, end of story. That money is not meant to help out your family, it is meant to help you and to help you be able to attend college when you otherwise wouldn’t be able to.
I guess it depends on the nature and the size of the bill. Like, if this bill isn’t paid and your family will lose heat/electricity/water/lodgings/other important thing if it isn’t paid, then I’d offer to help out, but if it’s a credit card bill that’s been piling up over time because your parents have been purchasing luxuries beyond their means, then I think that should be on them. I’m not sure how big this bill is, obviously, but if you’d have to blow all of your savings to pay off this bill, then leave it, it probably wouldn’t be worth it for you.
If you do decide to help your parents out with this bill, then you should make sure that they repay you at some point. Sit down with them and explain your reasoning for paying the bill (you don’t want the family to lose the house, this bill has been making everyone stressed, you want to help out, whatever) and also explain that this really isn’t and shouldn’t be your responsibility and that you’re being pretty generous and that you would like some kind of assurance that you will be paid back at some point. Set up a payment plan for them or a deadline or whatever needs to happen for you to get your money back because, honestly, a family bill should not be your responsibility.