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College Women Use Sugar Daddies to Pay Student Loans

by frugalista on August 1, 2011

The Huffington Post has an article on how college women are using websites to meet older men, so they can get their bills paid. And we aren’t talking about scholarships! Women can get paid $1,000 for keeping company with the gentlemen. Sex is an unspoken requirement for the coeds to get the cash.

The article discusses how college student “Taylor” met her Sugar Daddy:
A month prior, faced with about $15,000 in unpaid tuition and overdue bills, Taylor and her roommate typed “tuition,” “debt,” and “money for school” into Google. A website called popped up. Intrigued by the promise of what the site billed as a “college tuition sugar daddy,” Taylor created a “sugar baby” profile and eventually connected with the man from Greenwich. (“Taylor” is the pseudonym she uses with men she meets online. Neither she nor any of the other women interviewed for this article permitted their real names be used.)

In her profile on the site, Taylor describes herself as “a full-time college student studying psychology and looking to meet someone to help pay the bills.” Photos on the site show her in revealing outfits, a mane of caramel-colored hair framing her face. But unlike other dating sites, where a user might also list preferred hobbies or desired traits, Taylor instead indicates preferences for a “sugar daddy” and an “arrangement” in the range of $1,000 to $3,000 a month

Here’s a video, too:

To say that I am outraged hurt by this, would be an understatement. If it means that you don’t go to a $30,000 per year college and go to a state school or community college, do so. If it means that you take a high-powered job after graduation and forgo your dream non-profit job, then do so. If it means you quit buying expensive bags, then rock a bag from the discount store. And consider studying hard so you can get great grades and a scholarship! Giving up “the goods” to pay your bills when you have the smarts to make money and have a career is NOT COOL.

Yes, I know that debt is not cool. Ask the government. I wrote a book about it. But, you can NOT put a price on your health or safety. Also, as your move along in your legitimate career, you don’t want anything salacious to come back and haunt you. Yes, I know Ashley Dupre has had a reality show career and even a column in a New York paper after working as an escort. Still, Ashley seems like a smart girl. I’m sure she could have been just as successful without working in the sex industry.

It’s true: The average college student will graduate with about $24,000 worth of student loans. And yes, the cost of college has risen past the rate of inflation. And we all know how the job market is spotty. Still, if I could slay more than $20,000 worth of debt without performing being an escort, surely the college women can, too.

What do you think about women keeping company with older men for cash? Are they smart business women? Are they prostitutes? What are some ways to pay for college? Is it a big deal?

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