Cut College Costs: Be a Sperm Donor

Stories about how students can save and earn money in colleges are a dime a dozen. Sell textbooks, buy a cheap meal plan, blah, blah, blah.

I get bored whenever I read (or write) one. Yesterday, however,  Zac Bissonnette, a talented  young guy and student, who writes about college for The Daily Beast and AOL’s WalletPop, sent me his version of this perennial story. I wouldn’t have passed it along except that one of his suggestions was novel:  Male college students can make money by selling their sperm.

On his video, Zac interviewed a sperm bank administrator in New York City who said that healthy college students can make $50 to $100 per visit, which adds up to hundreds of dollars a month. And you don’t have to have high SAT scores or grades to qualify. Who knew?

I was equally surprised by my daughter’s reaction to the story at dinner last night. Caitlin wondered out loud how much coeds could make for selling their eggs. She told me that when she visited her good friend at Stanford in the spring, the campus newspaper was full of ads recruiting egg donors. I can’t believe Caitlin is really serious about this. I think she’s mostly worried that she hasn’t earned enough money this summer to cover her living expenses when she’s attending the University of Barcelona in the fall. I wish I had her life!

Lynn O’Shaughnessy is the author of The College Solution.

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