Like many col­leges, Wash­ington Uni­ver­sity in St. Louis offers chil­dren of its fac­ulty free tuition. So Leonard Green, a pro­fessor of psy­chology there, did all he could to per­suade his daughter to choose the school. He extolled its aca­d­emic offer­ings, praised its social atmos­phere, talked up its extracur­ric­ular activities—and promised that if Hannah chose Wash­ington he would give her $20,000 each under­grad­uate year, plus $20,000 at grad­u­a­tion, for a nest egg totaling $100,000.

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