Da’Shona Martin, 18, has had to leave school early to go to work to help support her household. She plans to attend @cau1988, but in the wake of America's largest college admission scandal, she’s discouraged to see that some elite parents bought their children's way into college. “Some of us will probably have to work our whole lifetime to see money like this,” she said. Federal prosecutors charged 50 people on Tuesday in a scheme to buy spots in the freshman classes at @uscedu, @yale, @stanford and other big-name schools. The case underscored the racial and economic disparities that plague access to higher education. With an expansive network of pricey college preparation courses and counselors at their disposal, wealthy students find themselves with a leg up in the increasingly cutthroat competition for the limited slots at the most prestigious universities. @katiecurrid shot this photo of Da’Shona. Visit the link in our profile to read more from #nytimes correspondents @johneligon and @audraburch.