Maybe its the global economic crisis, maybe it’s all the publicity about the skyrocketing price of college tuition. Either way, the approach of those September tuition bills is leading to some unusual creativity out there.First came the sugar daddy website story where students are getting to know older adults interested in supporting their educational plans; now there’s this: a Scottish professor suggests students can just sell off some unwanted body parts to make those pesky tuition bills go away. Jonathan Swift was joking when he made a similar proposal to help the Irish economy; this lady sounds like she means it. She plans to stay fully employed and she’s not going to be put off by any puppy-eyed millennials trying to dodge their duty to keep their elders and betters well paid.From The Scotsman:
STUDENTS should be able to sell their kidneys for tens of thousands of pounds to pay off university debts, according to a Scots academic.
Sue Rabbitt Roff believes making it legal to sell the body part would boost the number of organs available to save lives and help students struggling with money.She argues that donors should be paid the average UK annual income of around £28,000.
I note the medical sociologist makes no recommendations about cutting university costs so that fewer students would have to make this decision; quite right. The young are strong and the sacrifice will be good for them. The satisfaction of having your university hire an additional environmental sustainability monitor is well worth the loss of a squishy organ you’ve never paid much attention to.This wouldn’t work in the US, unless you started out with six or so kidneys. It’s going to cost you one kidney a year for tuition at a good private college, and you’ll have to sell the fifth to cover the fees and expenses.There’s good news, though: thanks to Obamacare you can stay on your parents’ health policy until you are 26. That should help with the surgery bills. And if your college education pays off and you earn big bucks later on, you can always buy a spare kidney from some hapless student a few years down the road.It’s really more like pawning than selling when you think about it that way.h/t: Taxprof Blog