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DammitIForgotMyLogin: Since when is beer a hidden college expense?
Jim_Callahan: tuition and fees accounts for only 38 percent of the total student expense budget for in-state students enrolled in public four-year institutions.In-state tuition is on the order of 5-6k$ for a 9-month semester. In an urban area, rent will run you easily 500-700$ a month, i.e. 4.5k$ to 6.3k$ for the non-summer period.Article proceeds on the assumption that the 200$-300$ yearly spent on parking and clubs are a significant hidden cost to someone that has to come up with 12k$ a year. Riiiiiiiiight.
D3_WR: Books and media: According to The College Board, the average annual cost of books for a college student ranges from $850-1000. This is one item you shouldn't skimp on. To save money, buy used textbooks (even cheaper used books can be found online vs. in the bookstore) or use library resources. If books cost more than you expected, revise the "textbook" budget for future semesters accordingly.What a bunch of bullshiat! Who the fark pays 1000 bucks in textbooks per year? The only way to approach that is if you bought new versions from the university bookstore, and had 4 science classes per semester that all had $150 textbooks. This is one item you SHOULD skimp on. Share with a friend, use the library, buy online, or half the time, don't even bother to buy a book, since they often aren't even really required