CRAFTSBURY, Vt. (AP) - Many college graduates spend years working off tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt. But at seven work colleges around the country, students must work on campus as part of their studies - at jobs like landscaping, cooking and public relations - to pay off at least some of their tuition.
Officials say that not only makes college more affordable, it also gives students real-life experience and teaches responsibility and teamwork.
With rising college costs and a national student loan debt of more than $1 trillion, "earning while learning" is becoming more appealing for some students.
The institutions are Sterling College in Vermont, Alice Llyod College and Berea College, in Kentucky; Blackburn College in Illinois; Missouri's College of the Ozarks; Ecclesia College in Arizona and Warren Wilson College in North Carolina.