Fred Vautour put all five of his children through private college – and it only cost him $3,000 per child per year.That’s because for 15 years, the 62-year-old Waltham, Massachusetts, man has worked the graveyard shift as a janitor at Boston College – the same school each of his children attended. […]Vautour left his job in restaurant management to work as a chef at Boston College in 1994. He soon learned that as an employee of the college, he would be able to send his children to study there tuition-free (as long as they were accepted). This brought his family’s costs, which included room and board, down from $66,000 per year to just $3,000 as each child was also awarded scholarships.
Vautour, who began working at 14 years old and did not attend college himself, says it was the thought of his kids earning college degrees that kept him going as he mopped, vacuumed and swept the university’s Robsham Theater night after night. The fact of their father’s hard work – and the promise of free tuition – kept his kids working their hardest, too.
“When I started working at BC my oldest daughter was 13 or 14,” Vautour tells PEOPLE. “She decided she wanted to go to school there and that pushed her. She really studied as hard as she could.”