There's no price tag on the positive effects a father can have on his children. But there are some situations that having a father punishes children financially, according to the Huntington News.
Financial aid can be hard to come by, according to the article. People in the middle class make enough money so they don't qualify for financial aid, but not enough to pay for a college education. If a father were to abandon his children and wife, they would be much more likely to qualify for financial aid. If a father has a great deal of debt, some sort of addiction, or is in jail, then tuition costs would be much cheaper than if the father had been responsible.
Being a responsible father means scrimping, saving, and a lifestyle change. People can get private loans but the interest rates on those loans can prove to be very costly, according to the article.