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College offers to pay students to take year off
Associated Press ^ | March 16, 2014

Posted on 03/17/2014 7:33:28 AM PDT by reaganaut1

MEDFORD, Mass. — Colleges are paying students to take a year off after high school to travel, volunteer or do internships so that students of all income brackets can benefit from “gap years.”

A new program at Tufts University and existing ones at a handful of other schools aim to remove the financial barriers that can keep cash-strapped students from exploring different communities and challenge their comfort zones before jumping right into college.

The gap year program starting this fall at Tufts will pay for housing, airfare and even visa fees, which can often add up to $30,000 or more.

Although gap years are more popular in Europe, they have started to gain traction in the United States. About 40,000 Americans participated in gap year programs in 2013, an increase of nearly 20 percent since 2006, according to data gathered by a nonprofit called the American Gap Year Association.

In 2009, Princeton University began offering applicants gap-year aid based on need. Nearly 100 students have participated, volunteering in Brazil, China, India, Peru and Senegal.

The University of North Carolina offers $7,500 to gap year applicants, while students at Wisconsin’s St. Norbert College can receive financial aid based on need, although airfare isn’t covered.

Lydia Collins, a 19-year-old Tufts freshman from Evanston, Ill., said she took a gap year because she wanted to see what was outside of the classroom before committing to four more years of school.

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The top-ranked colleges have been raising the list price for well-off students to subsidize the studies of low-income students. Now they are subsidizing the "gap years" of low-income students. I'm sick of being thought of as a cash cow.

If you want to take a year off before college, fine. Get a job!

1 posted on 03/17/2014 7:33:28 AM PDT by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1
Colleges are paying students to take a year off after high school to travel, volunteer or do internships so that students of all income brackets can benefit from “gap years.”

Of course by "colleges", the mean "taxpayers".

2 posted on 03/17/2014 7:35:10 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: reaganaut1

Your tuition dollars at work. Isn’t part of the purpose of taking time between high school and college to “find yourself” is to WORK a little to gain some maturity and perspective on what you want to do with your life before you go???? I guess that’s not the case anymore. In today’s society, “work” doesn’t have much to do with what people do with their lives.


3 posted on 03/17/2014 7:35:57 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: reaganaut1

They used to have gap years, it was called ‘joining the military.’


4 posted on 03/17/2014 7:36:33 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: reaganaut1

Liberalism is a mental disorder.


5 posted on 03/17/2014 7:37:31 AM PDT by Crim (Palin / West '16)
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To: reaganaut1

I was at some Tufts discussions to incoming students a few years back, and the overlying theme to this FR ear was globullization. Typically, across colleges/univ across the US, a semester of the Junior year has been for travel (with the study programs that really have no counterpart outside the US the exception, where the 4-y student does no semesters abroad).

Perhaps that is not enough globullizing the student, and they prefer to start earlier... pre-Freshman. That way, they don’t waste Freshman/Sophomore before they are properly glowbullized.


6 posted on 03/17/2014 7:39:00 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Texas Eagle

Cutting colleges off the taxpayer nipple could go a long way toward fixing them.


7 posted on 03/17/2014 7:40:20 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: reaganaut1

I think every kid should work at a dead end job for a year between high school and college. If more kids did, a lot of the leftist nonsense colleges peddle wouldn’t stick.


8 posted on 03/17/2014 7:40:59 AM PDT by Ted Grant
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To: reaganaut1

colleges are ingenious in finding ways to keep tuition/expenses sky high.

it is time to put a cap on the federal student loan program.


9 posted on 03/17/2014 7:41:00 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: reaganaut1

I had a “gap 5 years” where I learned I sure as hell didn’t want to keep mopping floors and waiting for someone in the factory to die so a job opens up for a living


10 posted on 03/17/2014 7:41:30 AM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: reaganaut1
Soon the Dems will be telling us that this “gap year” thing is an undeniable right, and asking us to pay for this, along with forgiving the student loans.
11 posted on 03/17/2014 7:42:10 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: reaganaut1; All

This seems excessive.

I will admit, the biggest regret I have from college is not taking a semester at sea or abroad program.

It’s very hard to do that once you are in the working world. Now I have to hope I can live to see retirement to do it then.

But, the college paying for a full YEAR is too much.

Ultimately, that is on the taxpayers at many of these schools.


12 posted on 03/17/2014 7:42:46 AM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: cripplecreek

Amen, bro.


13 posted on 03/17/2014 7:42:54 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: reaganaut1

No kidding.

Tufts must be nuts.


14 posted on 03/17/2014 7:44:23 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: reaganaut1
So one more unproductive year, courtesy of taxpayers, is good exactly how?

Libs have no qualms wasting other people's money.

15 posted on 03/17/2014 7:45:30 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Texas Eagle

“Of course by “colleges”, the mean “taxpayers”

well tufts is private, but we do end up paying one way or another.


16 posted on 03/17/2014 7:48:21 AM PDT by willywill
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To: dfwgator

I thought “gap years” was when you decided NOT to go to college and realized you were going to be working at the mall and living with 4 friends - then you returned to school.


17 posted on 03/17/2014 7:49:07 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: reaganaut1

Tufts sits near the Leftist Bastion known as Boston. It will continue to do its job of resupplying more pseudo-intellectual Leftists to the Boston Area. An education at Tufts (probably now approaching $60K per year) was a total waste of money even before this “gap year” plan. The other 4 years at Tufts are gap years, too.


18 posted on 03/17/2014 7:49:47 AM PDT by BlueStateRightist (Government is best which governs least.)
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To: reaganaut1
Correction:

Now it's correct.
19 posted on 03/17/2014 7:50:06 AM PDT by HarleyD ("... letters are weighty, but his .. presence is weak, and his speech of no account.")
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To: willywill
well tufts is private, but we do end up paying one way or another.

Correct. Through "government" funded "financial aid".

20 posted on 03/17/2014 7:51:40 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: reaganaut1

‘Gap’ years can lead to “Aero-postal’ years......................


21 posted on 03/17/2014 7:55:09 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: reaganaut1

“If you want to take a year off before college, fine. Get a job!”

I absolutely agree. Or, spend a year doing public service of some sort.


22 posted on 03/17/2014 7:56:30 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

This little bit of idiocy comes from the same people who, back in the 60’s, took time off to ‘find themselves’......................


23 posted on 03/17/2014 7:56:32 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: reaganaut1
--my "year off" and summers were spent as a hard-rock miner--not an option for many "students today-

-suspect I learned a lot more about the real world than any of these Tufts travelers will---

24 posted on 03/17/2014 7:58:45 AM PDT by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the media or government says about firearms or explosives--)
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To: Ted Grant
"I think every kid should work at a dead end job for a year between high school and college."

I used to do that in the summers, to earn money for room and board and misc expenses.

Four summers of factory/construction work is a motivator to stay the course.

25 posted on 03/17/2014 7:59:43 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: BitWielder1

Who wants to be “locked” into college?


26 posted on 03/17/2014 8:00:51 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: rwfromkansas

Actually I think you are going to start seeing foreign universities trying to attract American students, who are tired of all the PC crap that’s infesting our Universities today.


27 posted on 03/17/2014 8:02:52 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Ted Grant

“I think every kid should work at a dead end job for a year between high school and college.”

It was great for me to do this (construction, factory work, working for furniture and commercial movers, etc.). Saw lots of different perspectives and learned a lot. I would not, however, call any job that is honest, pays you, and that you can leave to move on to something else a ‘dead end job’. I know you didn’t mean it that way. Just saying...


28 posted on 03/17/2014 8:03:03 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: reaganaut1

Working in another country and paying one’s local living expenses would be a great educational experience. The experience would be diminished by having it subsidized.

Each gap year should begin with applying for work visas in other countries and learning where your labor is and is not wanted.


29 posted on 03/17/2014 8:06:07 AM PDT by posterchild
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To: Paladin2
Who wants to be “locked” into college?

Ambitious young men and women who WANT to get educated so they can go out and pursue a career.

Yea I know what you meant with your question, it's like "Who wants to be burdened with a baby?".
Really, who wants to be burdened with any responsibilities whatsoever.
That's sooo old fashioned.

30 posted on 03/17/2014 8:27:12 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: HarleyD

As a Tufts alumna, I am ashamed of Tufts not only subsidizing this, but what is to prevent a pre-student from taking up to $30,000, enrolling and then dropping out after the first semester? Things sure have changed since I went to Tufts. In the late fifties, tuition was raised by $200, and one of my “cash-strapped” classmates had to drop out. NO financial aid was offered to him.


31 posted on 03/17/2014 8:27:26 AM PDT by matchgirl (An Ambassador is dead and Al Qaeda is alive.)
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To: HarleyD

As a Tufts alumna, I am ashamed of Tufts not only subsidizing this, but what is to prevent a pre-student from taking up to $30,000, enrolling and then dropping out after the first semester? Things sure have changed since I went to Tufts. In the late fifties, tuition was raised by $200, and one of my “cash-strapped” classmates had to drop out. NO financial aid was offered to him.


32 posted on 03/17/2014 8:27:28 AM PDT by matchgirl (An Ambassador is dead and Al Qaeda is alive.)
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To: reaganaut1

If you can’t afford to play in the Riveira, you could always get a job. My nephew just got back from Afghanistan (Reserves), 2/3 of his bonus earned and with loan repayment and GI Bill - he should graduate w/o loans.


33 posted on 03/17/2014 8:34:25 AM PDT by mykroar (We fight, get beat, rise, and fight again. - Nathanael Greene)
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To: reaganaut1

Sounds like glorified internships for liberal interest groups to me, and not hands on charity work or volunteering. Did that student who worked in microfinance get out and help people living in the slums and eating out of the city dump? Did the student who went to Senegal work in the hospital for the elites, or some hut in the jungle? They are doing it for themselves anyway, so what they do is pretty much wasted effort.


34 posted on 03/17/2014 8:40:17 AM PDT by yawningotter
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To: reaganaut1

gap year = go to Europe and experience how marvelous their welfare state is, then come back and incorporate that into your politics here.


35 posted on 03/17/2014 9:03:40 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Ted Grant
I think every kid should work at a dead end job for a year between high school and college. If more kids did, a lot of the leftist nonsense colleges peddle wouldn’t stick.

I went to an engineering school with a coop program. Before and during my freshman year I worked at McDonald's and then a paper mill. Those jobs taught me much, especially that I needed to get a degree that would lead somewhere.

In my following years I worked in jobs that were related to my major. Most were fields I determined that I had no desire to continue in. One field stuck and that was where I made my career from the week after I graduated until when I retired. And I still consult in that area.

I "found myself" by working.

36 posted on 03/17/2014 9:05:54 AM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: dfwgator

“They used to have gap years, it was called ‘joining the military.’”

Yep, pre college or post college, a tour of active duty in the military for most of us was a good thing and a real eye opener.


37 posted on 03/17/2014 9:21:41 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Too bad Obama does not take OUR borders as seriously as he does the Ukraine!)
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To: Ted Grant

“I think every kid should work at a dead end job for a year between high school and college. If more kids did, a lot of the leftist nonsense colleges peddle wouldn’t stick.”

We have a younger female friend, who tried to con her parents into financing her to see America and the backward countries of the world.

Her Dad was transferred overseas, and he gave her enough money to live in a basic life style for 2 months, and when that money was gone, that was it. When she realized that she wasn’t getting any more money, she worked at minimum wages in fast food and retail stores. She got married to a loser and got a divorce in about a year.

Her parents moved back the states, and they paid for one semester at a community college, and two months rent in a small apartment and some groceries. She got more quote loser jobs and put herself through community college. Then, her parents helped her to relocate to a college town and followed the same pathway re money. They did pay for books and tuition. It took her several years to get a degree. She now has her own business and is very conservative versus the flaming liberal she was decades ago.


38 posted on 03/17/2014 9:32:08 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Too bad Obama does not take OUR borders as seriously as he does the Ukraine!)
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To: NEMDF

“Soon the Dems will be telling us that this “gap year” thing is an undeniable right, and asking us to pay for this, along with forgiving the student loans. “

Before that they will want us to pay for 5-6 years of pre school including breakfast, lunch and dinner and baby sitting costs.


39 posted on 03/17/2014 9:34:19 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Too bad Obama does not take OUR borders as seriously as he does the Ukraine!)
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To: reaganaut1

Actually not really. Scholarships and academic aid is heavily leaned towards the well off who don’t really need it. Meanwhile poorer students subsidies said generous benefits with confiscatory interest rates on their loans.

As for the gap year, I think it’s a great idea for those who earn their way into that school. In fact all students should get such a great benefit for what universities charge these days.


40 posted on 03/17/2014 9:37:00 AM PDT by Great-Horned Owl
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To: reaganaut1

What an absolute load of crap. I am all for someone taking time off before going to college to do other things, but to have colleges footing the bill for it, which means the PARENTS (via higher tuitions) and eventually all of us TAXPAYERS because we all know the government is just going to rubber-stamp as okay all defaults on student loans.

This burns me up.


41 posted on 03/17/2014 9:38:10 AM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: Grampa Dave
"...for most of us was a good thing and a real eye opener..."

Agreed. It was one of the most valuable experiences I have had in my life, and at the time, it was critical.

It wasn't that I wasn't responsible or dedicated, but being a young man in the military taught me a lot of things that have served me well the rest of my life since then.

How to be neat. How to be on time. How to observe a chain of command. How to accept and deal with responsibility. How to live on my own without any family or friends around, and so on.

I owe my country something I will never be able to fully repay.

42 posted on 03/17/2014 9:45:17 AM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: C210N

American students meet so many foreigners and immigrants in their own colleges, plus ethnic minority groups in college, that a semester abroad is now redundantly wasteful.


43 posted on 03/17/2014 9:50:15 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: reaganaut1

Taking a year off (more like 15 months) between HS and college is a damn sure way to land yourself in a bunch of pre-type and remedial classes if you ever do start classes. If you’re lucky, adds another semester, not so fortunate maybe 2 semesters; the university will make the money back.


44 posted on 03/17/2014 9:50:35 AM PDT by WinMod70
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To: rlmorel

Your response re how the military can help most of us in our lives is excellent:

“Agreed. It was one of the most valuable experiences I have had in my life, and at the time, it was critical.”

“It wasn’t that I wasn’t responsible or dedicated, but being a young man in the military taught me a lot of things that have served me well the rest of my life since then.”

“How to be neat. How to be on time. How to observe a chain of command. How to accept and deal with responsibility. How to live on my own without any family or friends around, and so on.”

“I owe my country something I will never be able to fully repay.”


45 posted on 03/17/2014 9:58:30 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Too bad Obama does not take OUR borders as seriously as he does the Ukraine!)
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To: NewHampshireDuo

“I “found myself” by working!”

Amazing how that can happen with so many of us.


46 posted on 03/17/2014 10:00:01 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Too bad Obama does not take OUR borders as seriously as he does the Ukraine!)
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To: dfwgator
They used to have gap years, it was called ‘joining the military.’

That's what I did, having been so foolish as to choose the wrong parents.

I saved enough money during my military service to pay for my first year of college, then worked part-time to pay for the rest.

47 posted on 03/17/2014 10:04:50 AM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: Grampa Dave

I have always felt that there were a lot of young people who could benefit positively from a stint in the military.

Not everyone, but many.

With that said, I must qualify...I do not believe in the draft, unless we are at war and must do so. I don’t believe people should be forced to, even though I believe there are some who SHOULD be forced...:)


48 posted on 03/17/2014 12:01:53 PM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: rlmorel

I think the military has really benefitted recruitment-wise from the ongoing Baraqqi Depression.

It’s one of the only job venues available.


49 posted on 03/17/2014 12:03:31 PM PDT by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: matchgirl

My son is currently in college and we see a number of his friends having to take out student loans and struggling to meet bills. None of them qualify for student aid because their parents make too much-even though few of them help with the costs. There are many of these college programs that are simply handing over money to “at risk” kids who don’t give two hoots about a degree.

If there is ever an example of wealth redistribution, it’s colleges. But in this case many students are saddled with enormous debt. For sure there is something to be said about not going to college and taking out these loans. But perhaps if universities stopped giving away student money, tuition would be more like $10,000 a year rather than $30,000.


50 posted on 03/17/2014 1:26:10 PM PDT by HarleyD ("... letters are weighty, but his .. presence is weak, and his speech of no account.")
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