I have a student who recently went on a phase check and expressed to the check instructor that he felt as though I was holding him back. He has been my "special student". I knew it would take him a little bit longer than most. But he has come around and he is ready to solo. He passed his stage check oral with no problem and I am sure the flight will be good. I have soloed over 10 students so I feel pretty confident that i know when a student is ready to solo. I was ready to solo him before christmas but due to financial reasons he needed to stop. So we picked back up after a month and a week off. Did 2 brush up flights and he is ready to go. I was feeling pretty good about it! He has about 28 hours. This seems pretty average. Maybe a little higher than average. But, nothing ridiculous. I have soloed students ranging from 15 hour to 25, sometimes more than 30 (usually older students). I was always taught to not look at numbers but safety. Now I feel bad and I am doubting myself... I always try to keep my students financials in the back of my mind. But, when it comes down to it I want my student to be safe on their first solo. Any advice or comments???