High School Student Money Issues

Six years ago, Ron Lieber started asking high school seniors to send in any college application essay that happened to be about money, work, social class or related topics. Immediately, it was clear that there was plenty we could learn from their writing, as they and their parents prepared to make what may be the biggest financial decision of their lives: where to spend up to $300,000 on a college education.

This year’s collection of five essays is a reminder of how rich the idea of money is for the writers who dare to tackle it.

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