During my freshman year in college, while visiting another college campus, I grabbed one of the school newspapers. While looking through the pages, I noticed an ad, asking for women to allow their eggs to be harvested.
Women of average height, in good health, and possessing a good GPA were encouraged to basically sell their eggs. Not only would the medical procedure be covered, but there was also a stipend involved.
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine points out that egg donors can receive between $5,000 and $10,000, depending on what is involved.
I was briefly tempted to participate.
I met the requirements listed in the ad. I cut out the ad and took it back to my own school. Then I did the research on what donating entails. There are risks involved with becoming an egg donor, from health issues, to medical screening, to injections.
I decided that, between the scholarship and the student loans, not to mention the part-time job, I would be just fine.
But that experience has stuck with me, and I know that many others find that they can do reasonably well if they are willing to sell a little bit of themselves to help pay for college (and other things).