By Tom Tighe — 1851 Staff
How much would you pay to work? The concept isn’t as farfetched as it may sound. Lasell has been encouraging students to take summer internships for credit. However, there is a catch — if you would like Lasell to recognize your internship, be prepared to pay a pretty penny.
If you took a summer class or internship, you would be forced to pay hundreds of dollars to the college to receive credits for the internship course. However, if you were to take your internship during the fall semester, you wouldn’t have to pay any additional money for the credits, since it would be during the school year. Yes, there is an online class included, but most of the credits are earned working as an intern.
This leaves many students in a difficult financial spot. Financial aid wouldn’t be accepted over the summer, leaving students in a tough situation. Two remaining options would be to take an additional private loan, or for the student to take the money out of their Stafford Loan. Taking from your Stafford Loan may prove difficult though, with most Stafford Loans being used up by the summer, according to Brittany Baker, Student Financial Planning Coordinator.
While I applaud Lasell for allowing students to take courses and internships this summer, it has raised a difficult scenario. With more classes being wait-listed, it leaves the possibility that students could be forced to take required classes during the summer in order to graduate on time. It has the potential to significantly raise the cost of tuition.
If Lasell was willing to significantly reduce the cost of courses over the summer, it may encourage more participation when it comes to internships and summer classes. While Lasell offers an array of great resources that help students join the work force, it seems counterproductive to have to pay Lasell to work as an intern.