Colleges pay students to take year off (AP): More colleges are embracing the idea of a gap year after high school, with some even going so far as to pay for students’ housing, airfare and visa fees while they are living abroad. Advocates say taking a year off before college allows students to get a better sense of what they would like to study during the next four years.
Local Catholic schools close over data breach: A database breach within the Archdiocese of Seattle has prompted some local Catholic schools to close or modify their schedules today to give staff extra time to address the ongoing security concerns. Last week’s breach could have made thousands of employees or volunteers vulnerable to tax-return fraud, the archdiocese said.
Student-debt rules target for-profit colleges (AP): Federal regulations that would penalize career training programs over student debt are being met with fierce opposition from for-profit colleges. The proposal says graduates should not pay more than 8 percent of their total income toward student loan repayment.