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With education as her priority, Christina thought she'd probably be different than the typical sugar baby who was after expensive gifts and cash, she said.
That's more than two and a half times what they owed a decade ago, according to Pew, and it's thanks to higher-than-ever enrollment numbers and rising college tuition costs.
In exchange, sugar babies go to dinners, attend events, or accompany their sugar daddy, or daddies, on trips.
In some cases, they provide companionship or foster a mentor-mentee relationship.
"That was when it finally set in and I was looking at the prices and I was looking at how much debt I was getting in and I had already started my MBA," said Christina, who received her first bachelor's degree in fashion design and merchandising, and at the time was in the middle of earning her second bachelor's in political science and pre-law from Oakland University.
"I was like, I can't afford this, I'm going to be paying this off for years and years and years." Some girlfriends introduced Christina to Seeking and encouraged her to find a sugar daddy to foot the bill.
In other situations, the terms of the agreement include physical intimacy.
Seeking was founded by MIT graduate Brandon Wade in 2006 and now counts 10 million members worldwide, making it the biggest sugar baby and sugar daddy dating site on the web."They know that school comes first to me," she said."If a trip is offered to me or something and I say I can't because I have school, they back off right away." Christina still has two semesters left before she completes her MBA, then she's hoping to start law school.A couple years ago, the site noticed an uptick in the number of members signing up with a university email address, Alexis Germany, a spokesperson for Seeking Arrangement.com, told Business Insider.It decided to launch a marketing campaign — dubbed Sugar Baby University — targeting indebted college students and young people who are interested in college but afraid of taking on massive loans.Some 2.5 million sugar babies identified as students in 2016 on Seeking