Sometimes, graduating high school seniors are not ready just yet to start their college careers. Instead, they decide to take a gap year (a year off) to travel or work before going off to college.
It turns out many U.S. colleges not only support these decisions -- they are even offering to help fund them.
ABC News reports some colleges are offering to pay students to take a year off to travel, volunteer or do internships.
For example, Tufts University will pay housing, airfare and even visa fees (totaling up to $30,000) for gap-year students this year. The University of North Carolina gives about $7,500 to gap-year applicants, and Princeton has offered financial support to nearly 100 students who have volunteered in Brazil, China, India, Peru and Senegal.