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Here’s how much wealthy parents spend to legally give their kids an edge in the college acceptance race

The college admissions scandal exposed the amount of money some parents will spend to guarantee their children a spot at a top college.

While it’s good that parents are recognizing the intrinsic benefits of students’ participating in extracurricular activities, Sarah Clark, an associate research scientist in University of Michigan Medicine’s Pediatrics Department, and the author of the study, said she worries that if parents don’t believe there are other, tangible benefits to their kids’ participating in these activities — like getting into college — they may be deterred.

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What the college admissions scandal reveals about most families

If watching the college admissions scandal unfold makes you feel uneasy about young people’s adulting journeys, you’re not alone.

Whether the college admissions scandal makes you wonder whether your child is growing up too quickly or concerned they are adulting too slowly, strategically asking your child to “tell me more” can open up conversational doors that otherwise remain locked tight.



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