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Posted on Mon, Jan 7, 2013 : 12:20 p.m.

Writing about financial woes in your college application essay? Send it to the New York Times

By Kellie Woodhouse

The New York Times reports that high school seniors are writing about money in their college applications with increasing frequency.

According to the Times, one recent University of Michigan application essay focused on how local cutbacks forced high school students to pay money to play team sports, thus prohibiting the student from participating.

Now the Times' 'Your Money' team is encouraging high school seniors to send their money-related application essays to the Times for possible publication.

When offering advice for submissions, the Times' quoted Erica Sanders, managing director of the office of undergraduate admissions at the U-M.

"An essay ought to try to fill in the gaps, to tell us things that we don’t know about you,” she told the Times, adding: “Maybe a parent had to move out of town for work, and the student writes about taking on more responsibility, that it allowed them to take on more leadership and to contribute to their family in a way that they didn’t even know was possible,."

Kellie Woodhouse covers higher education for Reach her at or 734-623-4602 and follow her on twitter.



Mon, Jan 7, 2013 : 6:14 p.m.

Maybe the New York Times should do an article asking why colleges continue to grow their endowment funds while raising tuition costs at the same time? But come on, if you can't afford to pay the $300.00 or what ever to play sports you aren't the rich little EAST Coast Kid or Foreign Student that U of M wants anyway.