The Student Body, for Sale

To meet the rising cost of college, students can call on at least one resource all their own

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Pete Marovich for The Chronicle

Kyle J. Parliament, a senior at Liberty U., sells his plasma every Thursday and Saturday at this center in Lynchburg, Va. "If I hadn't donated plasma, I'd be in the red right now," he says.

Last June a college student named Michael pondered his options for summer employment. He was already working as a children's swimming coach at a country club near his family's home, but the salary worked out to less than minimum wage. He joked with his friends that he could make more money as a stripper.

"I've always been kind of the goofy one, and