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To those parents who CAN afford tuition but who REFUSE to contribute a dime...

prospect1prospect1 1391 replies41 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,432 Senior Member
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  • happy1happy1 22407 replies2183 discussionsForum Champion Parents, Forum Champion Admissions Posts: 24,590 Forum Champion
    I think it would be obvious that no parent would choose this course of action for a child. Still, I would never presume to know what others can or cannot afford for their child's college education -- things are not always how they appear from the outside (coming from a parent who paid a lot for her kid's college education).
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 21930 replies14 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 21,944 Senior Member
    Did it say in the article that these graduate students had parents who wouldn't pay? If so, I didn't see it.
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  • prospect1prospect1 1391 replies41 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,432 Senior Member
    edited May 2016
    I am not presuming anything.

    My takeaway from this article is that there is an alarming (to me) number of students who are finding it necessary to engage in unsavory activities to fund their educations.

    Every so often, some student posts in desperation that his/her parents are refusing to fund their education even though they can well afford to do so. I'd like to presume that these kids are exaggerating or don't know their parents' true circumstances, I'd like to presume that - if true - it is a rare thing, and I'd like to presume that there are many other ways for kids in this situation to fund an education, but I don't like to make presumptions.

    I found these figures quite alarming:
    SeekingArrangement.com says student users on the site jumped from 79,400 worldwide in 2010 to 1.9 million this year and students make up one-third of its users. And while it sees thousands of signups on any given day, the company says enrollment jumps during August and January when tuition is typically due, sometimes to more than double its normal levels.[/unquote]
    edited May 2016
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  • prospect1prospect1 1391 replies41 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,432 Senior Member
    @patsmom - thanks for those links - if those stories are accurate, then in just two years the number of college students involved with this "service" jumped from about 1 million to two million...yikes...
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  • intparentintparent 36271 replies644 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 36,915 Senior Member
    "Gig economy"...
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  • HarvestMoon1HarvestMoon1 6200 replies28 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 6,228 Senior Member
    LOL that 2014 thread was a nice trip back in time!
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  • GMTplus7GMTplus7 14270 replies297 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 14,567 Senior Member
    there is an alarming (to me) number of students who are finding it necessary to engage in unsavory activities to fund their educations.

    A longish term relationship w a pleasant sugardaddy is arguably less unsavory than getting drunk at a frat party and making an instant "friend for benefits".


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  • saillakeeriesaillakeerie 2184 replies0 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,184 Senior Member
    To me this speaks more to changed views of sex than issues resulting from parents who supposedly can afford to pay for college but who don't. And I agree it isn't necessarily any more unsavory (or more dangerous) than what you hear is the common hook up culture.
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  • Sportsman88Sportsman88 1571 replies13 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,584 Senior Member
    I don't see the connection between your chosen subject for the thread and the article. First, the article speaks primarily to grad school which most parents are going to expect their children to be the primary financial contributor. Second, as discussed on here ad nauseam, there are affordable options for undergrad and law school is generally unaffordable and thus potential law students must choose an undergrad that allows debt free graduation.

    There are true sex slaves across the globe including the U.S. This is not publicized enough. I'm not blaming parents or the education system who choose to seek a sugar daddy over other options.
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  • TatinGTatinG 6292 replies109 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 6,401 Senior Member
    Seeking a 'sugar daddy' is really prostitution. The woman pictured in the story was getting a law degree. Will she ever be admitted to any bar after admitting to being a prostitute?

    Is education really worth prostituting yourself? I'd rather have my dignity and no education.
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  • GMTplus7GMTplus7 14270 replies297 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 14,567 Senior Member
    Seeking a 'sugar daddy' is really prostitution.

    If the rich boyfriend was closer to the sugarbaby in age, would you still call it prostitution?
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  • MarianMarian 13158 replies83 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 13,241 Senior Member
    This was one of the initial plots on the West Wing. In the first episode, Sam Seaborn met a woman and had sex with her, and he found out later that she was a prostitute working for an escort service -- to put herself through law school.

    That was in 1999. The concept isn't exactly new.
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  • SouthFloridaMom9SouthFloridaMom9 3416 replies30 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,446 Senior Member
    I forgot about that @Marian! :O
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  • TatinGTatinG 6292 replies109 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 6,401 Senior Member
    #12 - Age has nothing to do with it. It's the motivation for the relationship. A person who exchanges sex for money is a prostitute. Maybe if the paper called it by its proper name rather than 'seeking a sugar daddy' it wouldn't seem so cutesy.
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