During the crush of studying for midterms, Antonio Cummings kept hearing about all the fabulous places his friends at Allegany College were going for spring break.
"Antigua, some are going to Bermuda, some going to Southern California, some going to Atlanta," said Cummings, who is 20 and a second-year communications student at the Maryland college. "And there's me, who is going to work."
Cummings is home in Prince George's County, Maryland, this spring break week, bagging groceries and greeting customers at Wegmans supermarket.
Cummings and hundreds of thousands of college students like him don't have the option of taking fun trips or even...