More coeds seek 'sugar daddies' for tuition help

An online service says a growing number of students want 'mutually beneficial arrangements' with wealthy older men and women.

By Bruce Kennedy Jan 17, 2013 9:10AM

Image: Student in classroom (StockByte/PictureQuest)Is it a sign of changing financial and moral perspectives or just a depressing economic trend?

A website that specializes in helping wealthy men date younger women says more of those women are looking for a "sugar daddy" to help pay for their college tuition. bills itself as a dating site "for those seeking mutually beneficial arrangements," such as a relationship between a sugar daddy and a willing partner.

According the website's founder and CEO, last year saw a significant rise in the number of college students looking for male companions to help pay for higher education.

The website says it has more than 2 million members worldwide. In 2011, 40% of the site's total population was reportedly composed of college students. After a 58% increase in student signups last year, that number rose to 44%.


The website says its college-aged member profiles receive three times more inquires from potential benefactors, and with the uncertain economy, it expects more college students to be signing up.

"An important social fabric is broken in our society (when) individuals are taught to fend for themselves once they turn 18," Brandon Wade, the website's founder & CEO, said in a press statement.

"We can no longer depend on our government or our parents for our education. In the absence of these important social support systems, it's no wonder more and more college students are relying on finding a sugar daddy or sugar mommy to pay for college."

Miesha Stafford, a student at Georgia State University -- No. 1 on the site's list of top 20 colleges with student member signups -- says she isn’t surprised that some of her classmates might participate. "School’s expensive," she told WXIA-TV in Atlanta. "And who wants to take all those loans out and be $20,000, $50,000 in debt after school?"

"Instead of having to choose between dropping out and getting a job . . . this is a viable option," a company spokeswoman told KNBC-TV Los Angeles. "You're paid to become a companion. And you're getting some business sense and contacts."

A 23-year-old college student in Los Angeles told KNBC she has no illusions about what's going on. "This is a business relationship," said the woman, who didn’t want her real name revealed and went by "Lyla."

The woman said she earned $3,000 a month during a recent relationship. "There are times I feel like it's not worth it," she said. "I feel like I'm losing my dignity each time I see a man. But it is worth it sometimes."

The company says it can determine whether new members are students if they open an account using a college or university email address that ends with ".edu." Using that metric, the company says it saw the fastest increase in new student members last year from the following schools:

1. Georgia State University, 292 signups (No. 11 in 2011)

2. New York University, 285 signups (No. 1 in 2011)

3. Temple University, 268 signups (No. 5 in 2011)

4. University of Central Florida, 221 signups (No. 14 in 2011)

5. University of Southern Florida, 212 signups (No. 7 in 2011)

6. Arizona State University, 204 signups (No. 8 in 2011)

7. Florida International University, 187 signups (No. 20 in 2011)

8. University of Georgia, 148 signups (No. 2 in 2011)

9. Indiana University, 131 signups (No. 17 in 2011)

10. Texas State, 128 signups

11. Kent State University, 123 signups (No. 15 in 2011)

12. Penn State, 121 signups (No. 13 in 2011)

13. University of North Texas, 112 signups

14. Florida State University, 111 signups

15.Tulane University, 109 signups (No. 4 in 2011)

16. Michigan State University, 108 signups (No. 9 in 2011)

17. University of Ohio, 103 signups

18. Columbia University, 100 signups

19. University of Alabama, 96 signups

20. University of California Los Angeles, 91 signups

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Jan 17, 2013 12:24PM

I used to call it "babysitting""  I didn't have kids but getting an 18 year old girl for $20/hour is a really good

Jan 17, 2013 12:20PM
Wouldn't republicans support this as it cuts down on all those student loans and other educational expenses dragging the government down.  Or are they having a moral crisis all of sudden?
Jan 17, 2013 12:18PM

This is why we need to come together and pray more then ever. If we focus on Jesus and less of this world we can become stronger spiritually. Dear heavenly Father I pray for our youth that feel they have to come to this for an education. Lord I pray that you give them strength and understanding of what they are doing to your temple. Build them up spiritually that they know to trust you and not themselves. Matthew 6:33 But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Lord I rebuke the devour in the name of Jesus for the enemy come to steal, kill and destroy. The enemy come to seek death for our youth, But Jesus came that we might have life. Father God I ask that you send your gardian angels to comfort those that are in need right now. I pray for our leaders who have a difficult challenge in this world.

John 6: 35-40  Then Jesus declared, " I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever come to me I will never drive away. For I  have come down from heaven not do my will but do the will of Him who sent me. And this is the will of Him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day."

Jan 17, 2013 12:17PM
The colleges are "srewing" them with their over inflated tuition costs
Jan 17, 2013 12:12PM
This isn't "some new trend"'s just another version of the world's oldest profession....It's a shame that the degree they are getting by pimping themselves out isn't worth much more than the paper it's printed really is becoming a "not who you know but who you blow world"
Jan 17, 2013 12:07PM
A Ho is a Ho even if she or he attends college....
Jan 17, 2013 12:05PM
What these little lazy-azz hussies need to do is what I did, WORK!  I had two part-time jobs & part time school.  I was exhausted but it had to be done and I did it with my dignity intact!  It's more satisfying knowing that in the tough times I can take care of myself and not have to "lose my dignity" when I need money!
Jan 17, 2013 12:03PM
It is no more prostitution than a woman picking a man to marry because he can give her a better home and life.  She may stick with him though she doesn't care for him.   Is that better?
Jan 17, 2013 12:01PM
I thought we had the right to do whatever we wanted to with our bodies.
Jan 17, 2013 12:00PM
I see nothing wrong here.  The old guy will live longer if getting sex and won't die from prostrate cancer.  The girl gets an education.  I bet she gets treated better than with a scumbag boyfriend.   
Jan 17, 2013 11:52AM

Most young kids cannot get laid and end up with video as their sex date. If you are not good looking or rich or pro at sex, you are no body.


It is back to old old time. Only rich and powerful get to have sex. Rest can watch or once in a while get lucky.

Jan 17, 2013 11:50AM
good for them!....Most guys just want sex, for free, so why not get paid!!
Jan 17, 2013 11:39AM

the truth is: sex for tuition.  you can use all the

euphemisms that you want in order to tone down

the connotations of "whore", but that's what it

really means.  hey, where did i put hugh heffner's

phone number?

Jan 17, 2013 11:26AM

Situation is not that limited or that simple.


Parent who popped champagne bottle at the birth of a childe tell him/her 18 and out. I have butt head with many parents for not training kids for that future for 18 years. Parent raise kids for social status or personal desire or their sexual affirmation.


Lots of kids come our on their own without knowing what they are up to and cannot meet their needs. So for education or just survival they hook up with some one who is financially somewhat better off and starts dysfunctional life, relationship experience.


By any other name this is socialized prostitution and there is no talk about it. This is at all level of society.


When I say people should be free to enjoy sex as they like but when making babies there should be no freedom. There should be license needed to prove that they have ability to train and raise kids. They have means to do so. People get mad at me and say I am crazy.


I am just realistic. I see what is there and not what I want to see.

Jan 17, 2013 11:13AM
Of course only attractive ones that sign up will get their sugar daddy.  These mus be the ones that are too lazy to work at a strip club and just want to lay on their back.
Jan 17, 2013 11:11AM

On a TV report on this last fall one guy,in his fifties, very rich, said between a car, apartment, and $5000 a month expenses it was a win win for him and the student. The amount of money meant nothing to him. He also had two other "Dates" he was bringing along. It's just a world for the "HALVES" folks ! 

Jan 17, 2013 11:06AM
They used to call business like these "escort services".  Either way we all know what it really is.
Jan 17, 2013 11:05AM
nice repackaging of prostitution for the internet. 
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