Besides moving back home, many 20-somethings are beginning their adult lives shouldering substantial amounts of student loan debt.
According to Mark Kantrowitz, who publishes the financial aid websites and Finaid.org, while the average 2011 graduate finished school with about ,200 in debt, many are straining to pay off significantly greater loans. This particular dynamic preceded the economic meltdown, of course.
We went in and got what we needed and got in the only check out line.
We look up and see her father (my husband) checking out and paying.
"College students are one of the biggest segments of our sugar babies and the numbers are growing all the time." Wade rewards students who use a email address to register on Seeking Arrangement by automatically upgrading their free, basic membership to a premium membership, allowing them to send unlimited free messages and granting them exclusive access to the site's cadre of VIP sugar daddies.
The site also includes a complimentary stamp on student profiles, certifying them as a "college sugar baby." Wade sees his company as providing a unique service, a chance for "men and women living through tough economic times to afford college." He bristles at the notion that he's merely running a thinly veiled, digital bordello, choosing instead to describe his site as one that facilitates "mutually beneficial relationships." Taylor doesn't explicitly refer to what she was doing in Greenwich as prostitution, but she now allows that her primary motivation was, indeed, money.
"I just wanted to get out of that situation as safely as possible, pay off my debt, and move on." While she and her host hadn't agreed to a set amount of money, on the drive back to the train station in Greenwich he handed her $350 in cash. I just did what needed to be done." And she's still doing what needs to be done.