Kinesiology major Melanie Burnett became an egg donor to help pay for college

by Jennifer Lahl, CBC President on February 26, 2009


“Burnett, a kinesiology major at California State University, Northridge, earned $6,000 last semester by selling her eggs to a fertility clinic. She expects to receive a similar amount for another egg donation this spring.

Economic times are hard now, but for me they were also hard last semester and the semester before. This is a good way where I am making money and not having to work a full-time job,” said Burnett, 21.”

“And Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg, director of the Fertility Institutes California-Nevada, said some women are capable of several donations a year and have been earning as much as $40,000 annually.

“We’ve had a spike not only in egg donors but also in surrogates,” said Steinberg in an interview from his Encino office. “People are looking at more creative ways to get money. Even donors from two and three years ago are coming back to do it again.”

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