An open letter to Ryan Murphy.
Dear Mr. Murphy:
As a show, Glee has never shied away from tough issues facing high school students. You’ve tackled everything from teen pregnancy to texting while driving (no wonder Quinn got into Yale—she had terrific fodder for her essays!).
However, one big issue remains oddly absent: paying for college.
How is Quinn footing that $58,000/year tuition to Yale? And, while NYADA may not exist, surely its price tag does. The only college financing story we heard was Santana getting a cheerleading scholarship to Louisville. It’s too bad that school doesn’t offer them.
So, this is the SALT Blog’s summer Glee project: Get a meaningful financial aid conversation into at least one episode of the upcoming season of Glee.
We’ll start the ball rolling by suggesting some songs you could incorporate into the episode:
- “Money (That’s What I Want)” by The Beatles
Blaine receives his award letter, and it’s not pretty. So, what does he want from the school? More money! Particularly free money, which comes in the form of grants and scholarships.
- “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” by Jennifer Lopez
It turns out that Rachel’s dads can’t afford NYADA. She freaks out, unsure if she can stay in school. Finn comforts her the only way he knows how—through song! Bonus: FOX gets some J.Lo American Idol synergy.
- “Free Ride” by the Edgar Winter Group
Mr. Schue provides an important overview of the financial aid process, letting the New Directions know that there are very few free rides to college. Subplot: Mr. Schue wears an Edgar Winter wig, adding new life to Sue’s jokes about his hair.
- Anything by Amy Grant
That’s not a song title; I mean literally anything by Amy Grant. It could be “Baby, Baby”; it could be “Every Heartbeat.” I’m just focused on the “grant” aspect here. (Hey, they’re not all winners—I’m the one without the Emmys, remember?)
So, from one Ryan to another, let’s make it happen. Please don’t make me resort to writing FAFSA/Glee fan fiction.
Readers: What do you guys think some good financial aid-related songs would be? Sound off in the comments!