Parents look forward to their children walking across the graduation platform. What they don’t like is the price tag that’s about to come when their high school grad enters college.
The average cost of college tuition has risen exponentially over the past few decades crippling students with unmanageable debt. Some lucky students have parents who are able to help with tuition costs. But what about average, blue-collar Americans? How are they supposed to pay $20,000 to $70,000 a year for their kid to attend college?
Fred Vautour faced that very dilemma with his five children. Even more, his children wanted to attend prestigious Boston College, which averages $66,000 a year. How was he supposed to support one child through four years of school, let alone five?
Vautour, who had been a cook at Boston College until carpal tunnel and crippling back pain forced him to retire, took a night-shift janitor position at Boston College. For 15 years, he has been scrubbing toilets, taking out trash, sweeping the grounds and earning $60,000 a year while his wife stayed at home to take care of the kids. Working the modest job provided free college tuition at Boston College — if his kids were accepted into the school. And fortunately, they were.
According to the Boston Globe, thanks to scholarships and Vautour’s discount as a Boston College employee, Vautour put all five of his kids through college at a cost of about $3,000 a year. Knowing that kept him coming back to work day after day.
“It gave me a reason to be here,” Vautour told the Boston Globe. “I used to joke with the vice president that I’d actually work for nothing because my kids are here because of that perk. I could care less if they even gave me a raise because my kids came here.”
To find out more, check out Vautour’s full story in the Boston Globe.