ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — The University of Missouri – St. Louis is ranked as number 33 on a list of college campuses where female students are getting help from so-called Sugar Daddies to pay their tuition.

The website, which bills itself as the “world’s largest Sugar Daddy website,” says 72 UMSL coeds in 2012 were part of a trend of cash-strapped students trading a relationship with an older man for tuition money.

Spokesman LeRoy Velasquez says the ranking is based on members who signed up with the school’s unique .edu email address. umsl Growing Number of UMSL Coeds Seeking Sugar Daddies to Pay Tuition

In case you were wondering, Velasquez says what the website offers is not prostitution.

“While these woman are joining the website to help pay their tuition, they don’t just simply exchange sex for money, its much more complicated.”

“Whether it be a companion for when he goes away on business trips or vacations, whether it be someone he takes to a fundraiser/ dinner date,” explains Velasquez. “It really depends on what he individually seeks in a relationship.”

KMOX contacted the Missouri Attorney General’s Office. They’re not aware of the situation or

UMSL spokesman Bob Samples says they have no way to verify the claims that UMSL students are involved. Samples says UMSL has assistance programs to help with those who have trouble paying the average yearly tuition – about $9,000 a year now.

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