Tufts to Pay for Year Off

    BERKELEY, CA - APRIL 23:  A UC Berkeley student works on her laptop while sitting on the UC Berkeley campus April 23, 2012 in Berkeley, California.  According to reports, half of all recent college graduates are finding themselves underemployed or jobless and the prospects for new graduates dim in a weak labor market.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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    What will they think of next? Tufts University will introduce a new “gap year” program this fall that will pay students to take a year off to travel, work, or volunteer. The program, in which Tufts would pay for things like housing and plane tickets, is to remove financial obstacles for less-wealthy students to see more of the world. The amount of money could add up to $30,000 or more. Other universities have aid programs for gap years, including Princeton and the University of North Carolina. Around 40,000 U.S. students were in a gap-year program in 2013, up 20 percent since 2006.

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