Becoming A Nun And Other Wacky Ways We And Our Families Paid For College

“My college fund was my brain.”

The Scholarship Gap

Bloomberg Businessweek looked at Sallie Mae’s “How America Pays for College” annual report and saw this bit of information showing that kids coming from families earning more than $100,000 a year receive more in scholarship money than kids coming from families earning less than $35,000 a year.

Always Ask For More Money

So you got into grad school. Congrats. Now it's time to ask for more money.

“We Fun Scholars”: Miss America and the Pageantry of Giving

Make your Tuesday vastly better by watching John Oliver’s hilarious and scathing video indictment / expose of the Miss America pageant. What really attracts his attention, though, is not the butt glue or the televised 20-second-answers to complex foreign policy questions. It’s Miss America’s claim that it’s the biggest provider of scholarships for women, offering $45 million a year. “That’s unbelievable!” he says. “As in, I literally did not believe it.”

With good reason.

As Quartz points out:

That turns out to be only virtually true: in theory, all the money is made available, but in reality Miss America ends up spending only about a tenth of the sum in scholarships. What’s especially troubling is that the organization is indeed the biggest provider of scholarships in the US exclusively for women. Not only is the sum itself abysmally low, it is distributed among women chosen first for their looks. Oliver sums it up in one sentence, which, in the wake of Emma Watson’s excellent speech at the UN, perfectly explains why, in 2014, we still very much need feminism.

“Currently, the biggest scholarship program exclusively for women in America requires you to be unmarried, with a mint condition uterus, and also rewards working knowledge of butt adhesive technology.”

Stick around for the video’s surprise twist conclusion! Although the surprise is not that Miss America apologizes for anything, or that it turns out anyone else does indeed offer more money to women scholars than they do.

WWYD: Tipping on a Discounted Meal, Being Assertive

Today in "WWYD," one of our favorite topics: tipping. And learning to be assertive.

Magic: The Scholarship

When I was in high school, my parents encouraged me to apply to every scholarship I was eligible for, and the ones I did get were from small organizations, like the Asian American Scholarship Fund. If I had known about a scholarship for young "Magic: The Gathering" players, I would have been all over it.

Travel the World By Not Paying Rent

I’ve been fortunate enough to spend the majority of my twenties traveling across five continents and temporarily living in some of the most exciting cities on earth: London, Los Angeles, and New York City—with long stints in Paraguay and Belize. I’ve been able to afford this, not because of a trust fund, but because I rarely have to pay rent.