Education consultants say more local students are applying to study at universities in the United States in an effort to get a foot up the ladder in an increasingly competitive job market. Photo: Oliver Tsang

‘Growing numbers’ of Hong Kong high school students applying for US universities – and paying thousands for ‘college prep’ tutoring

Local youngsters are increasingly applying to study in the States, and paying big bucks to prepare

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Education consultants say more local students are applying to study at universities in the United States in an effort to get a foot up the ladder in an increasingly competitive job market. Photo: Oliver Tsang
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Jessie Lau

Jessie Lau

Jessie Lau is a journalist with the South China Morning Post covering Hong Kong news and social affairs. Working primarily for the paper’s City Weekend edition, she writes features and news stories on diverse topics including human rights, culture and the environment. Originally from Hong Kong, she joined SCMP in 2015 after graduating with distinction from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in English. Prior to joining SCMP, Jessie helped edit San Quentin News, an inmate-produced newspaper at San Quentin State Prison, served as news editor for UC Berkeley’s independent student newspaper and reported as a political intern for Capitol Weekly. Follow her on Twitter/Instagram @_laujessie or visit her website at www.laujessie.com.

Rachel Blundy

Rachel Blundy

City desk reporter covering Hong Kong community news, particularly for City Weekend. Covers environment, charity, culture, crime, politics and viral news. Before the South China Morning Post, Rachel worked as a reporter at the Evening Standard in London. Follow her on Twitter @rachelblundy.