More Colleges Paying for Gap Years

Students defer attendance to take time out for public service.

After carefully building high school transcripts and diligently applying to college, a growing number of students are putting their plans on hold to pursue other interests. And an expanding contingent of schools will even help students pay for a year off for public service, with the aim of having participants come to campus more mature and engaged in their studies.

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Kaitlin Pitsker
Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Pitsker joined Kiplinger in the summer of 2012. Previously, she interned at the Post-Standard newspaper in Syracuse, N.Y., and with Chronogram magazine in Kingston, N.Y. She holds a BS in magazine journalism from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.