BBC Education has a report on this wonderful phenomenon:
Parents are paying hundreds of pounds for degree-course essays for their children studying at university, claims an essay-writing service.
The essay company, UKEssays.com, says that 78% of student customers buying essays are using their parents’ money. “The students will talk about the essay they want and then they put their parents on the phone to give the credit card details,” says a spokesman. The company says these are “model essays” and not for plagiarism.
Of course not. Why would anyone pay for a model answer and then plagiarise it?
This company has been doing a lot to tout its business locally too.
And it appears that if your parents were really flush, they could pay £40k for a PhD thesis. All perfectly reasonable.