Tuition is expensive for most students, but thanks to sugar daddies, paying for school can be easier for some.
Seekingarrangement.com is a website that “specializes in mutually beneficial arrangements,” said Leroy Velasquez, spokesperson for seekingarrangement.com.
The “dating site,” launched in 2006, is a way for “respectful and generous” gentlemen, who are who are “brutally honest” about what they expect, to meet “attractive, intelligent, ambitious and goal oriented” women and men, according to a description on the website’s main page.
In Canada, there are over 129,000 “college sugar babies,” and 34 attend Humber College, said Velasquez.
“The province of Ontario has the largest membership and the city of Toronto has the highest sign-up rates,” said Velasquez.
Of the top five fastest growing sugar baby schools, three are in the GTA. York University had the most sign ups in 2013 with 209, Ryerson University had the fourth most with 176, and University of Toronto was fifth with 131 sign ups, said Velasquez.
Melissa Carter, a University of Guelph-Humber social justice student, isn’t supportive of personal arrangements such as those found through seekingarrangement.com.
“It’s really weird. It’s wrong to take advantage of people for your own will and to say it’s something better than it is,” she said.
For some people, seekingarragement.com0 seems too good to be true.
“They’re not going to give you money because they like you and feel sorry for you,” said Holsee Sahid, financial aid manager at Humber.
Some people view this site as prostitution.
“There are many misconceptions about this site because of the monthly allowances involved in these arrangements,” said Velasquez. “The biggest misconception is that an arrangement is prostitution, which is completely false.”
“Sex itself can be aspired to, but never expected,” said Velasquez.
For Sahid, OSAP is a better option to pay for tuition.
“Over $100 million have been given out (through OSAP) since September 2013,” said Sahid.