We want to publish your money college app essay

We don’t talk about money enough, and people don’t often talk about it with nuance and emotional resonance. You, however, may be an exception. If so, we would love to read your work.

Every spring we publish a handful of scholarly application essays on money, broadly defined. Last year there were essays on working in restaurants and comedy, child care and street food.

We want to hear all kinds of stories: struggle and privilege, triumph and defeat, hard lessons and sudden revelations. What matters is that this is your personal microeconomics story.

There are only a few rules. This must be an essay that you have submitted to at least one college as part of an undergraduate admissions application. We won’t publish the name of the school you plan to attend, but we will need to know what it is, just to verify that the essay (and you) are real.

Your essay must be from the current application season – if you are already enrolled or taking a gap year and applied to university last year, you are not eligible.

And again, the essay must have something to do with money. Nothing? Really.

Please submit your essay to us using the form on this page by Friday, June 10. If you want to share more than one, please submit them separately. We plan to publish some of these at the end of June and we will pay writers our normal freelance rate.

Lance B. Holton