Amid a huge college admissions scandal, I find myself wondering if it should be legal to
pay your way into college. Thousands of wealthy American families have been doing this
secretly for decades and getting away with it. So, why not cut out the middleman? I propose that
universities open up spots each year for paid admission.
The main people who benefit from my proposal are the wealthy families who can afford
to pay these universities. To these wealthy families, college tuition is a minor expense and
degrees are accessories for their children. If these families are willing to pay hundreds of
thousands of dollars to obtain admission to a university, then that college’s current admission
fees are way too low. It makes sense to raise the tuition and allow for high payoffs to become
At this point, most readers are probably thinking, “No way! This is so unethical.” But, the
sad truth is that the current admissions policy is just as unfair. Most students would not be able to
make it into top universities without their parents hiring expensive tutors, paying for extra
summer classes, spending hundreds on extracurricular activities that beef up their children’s
resumes, or paying to live in a nice neighborhood that gives their children access to a highly
ranked public school with good teachers. Lower income families cannot afford those privileges,
so the odds are already stacked against them when it comes to receiving admission.
Lower income families are the ones who will be obviously harmed by implementing this
new policy of paying your way in. These families can barely afford the $50 admission fee let
alone the $50,000 a year tuition. The lower class will have an even harder time getting out of
their current socioeconomic status if this policy were to become legal.
I recommend that we make it legal to pay your way in, because this very public scandal
will not stop these wealthy families from paying a lot of money to get their children granted
admission. But there would be a catch in order to offset my proposals unethical nature. These
elite universities could accept very high admission payments for only a certain number of spots.
The university would choose how much these spots cost and the money made from these legal
admission payments would only be allowed to go towards scholarships, research grants, and
other academic programs on campus. Universities already allow scholarships and instate tuition,
so if we are all already paying different prices, why not charge someone 6 million dollars if they
are willing to pay? Under this new admission policy, wealthy families could now legally pay for
their child to go to the university of their dreams, but this money would go towards a good cause,
like toward a student who comes from a low income family who would have never been able to
afford to go to college under the current rules. I believe my proposed policy creates a win-win
situation for everyone involved.