Gap Year

How to Finance a Gap Year

Not every high school grad wants to go straight into college or career training. For many, a gap year is the right choice because the last thing they want to do is hit the books—again! The question is, how to afford one?

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The Honest Guide to College

First year college student attrition is financially and emotionally devastating for families, and destabilizing for colleges. What goes wrong for so many students? And how can we stop the bleeding?

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Finding the silver lining

It’s that time of year. It’s time to find the silver lining of college rejection. High school seniors by now have heard from all the schools to which they applied. Some are elated. Others are heartbroken that they did not get into their preferred college.

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Gap Year Travel: Closer to Normal

We are happy to see that as expected, Omicron’s impact is declining rapidly and most countries are open to Gap Year travel. This post covers the current situation, and a quick view into fall 2022.

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Mental Health on College Campuses

Studies and articles that point out the mental health challenges our teens continue to face do a great service by shining a light on the situation and elevating the conversation. They also point out the important role that time off plays before students jump into the academic rigors, relatively unstructured time and social demands of campus life.

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Talk About Transfer or Time Off

We recently came across an article that does a great job helping families understand how to think through “time off” for students who are already in college. This is a great call out, because not all Gap Years are taken by students right after high school.

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Impact of the Gap Year

At last fall’s Gap Year Association Annual Conference, Bob Clagett, Gap Year Research Consortium Coordinator, reviewed results from a post-gap year survey that seven colleges and universities sent out to their gap year students from 2020-21 after they finished their gap year.

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