If they’re going Greek, find out the average cost for a year and get an itemized list of all costs so there are less surprises.
Student run clubs – sports programs, debate clubs, philanthropy organizations and more may have costs associated with them.
If they’ll have a car on campus, a parking permit can range from$100 to $1000/year
Parking tickets add up quickly and some colleges turn them over to collection agencies if they go unpaid.
Whether they travel by train, plane, bus, or car, coming home over breaks or visiting friends at other schools can get pricey.
Public transportation to get around campus or town is something that’s easily overlooked.
Unless they live close enough to take their laundry home on the weekends, they’ll not only be doing it on their own, they’ll be paying around $12/week.
Toothpaste, toilet paper, shaving cream, tissues – none of these things last forever and will have to be replaced.
Futon or couch
Vacuum (a must have!)
Cable or subscription to streaming service
Meal plan – check into what’s included, some meal plans work at restaurants that are close to campus too
Late night snacks/brain food – if they’re pulling an all-nighter before finals, they’ll need fuel for your brain
Coffee – they may find a cozy little coffee shop to study in, but those lattes add up.
Making new friends is an important part of the college experience but movies, dinners, pizza night with friends aren’t free.
Once the school year is complete, kids might stay near campus in an apartment, pack up their belongings and head home, or rent a storage unit for their things so they can travel home with a lighter load.
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