08.15.11 | Hidden College Costs
High tuition prices are no surprise to many students and parents, and there are a variety of financial aid options to help cover the costs, including grants, loans and scholarships. What schools often fail to mention is the other costs of going to college. Unfortunately, there are many more expenses than just tuition, room and board, and books. Here are some of the most common hidden college costs that you should budget for.
Orientation – For most students, orientation only happens once, and it’s a good thing, too. Many traditional universities charge students who attend freshman orientation. Before you attend, make sure you know what your school expects from you financially and if you can afford it.
Dorm essentials – Freshman year will most likely be your most expensive year at college. This is because of all the first-time (and hopefully last-time) purchases you need to make. From extra-long bed sheets to shower caddies, the small essentials can really add up. Luckily, if you take care of your things, you should make it through college without having to re-buy anything.
Computer accessories – While most students do factor in a laptop, many forget to include the accessories in the budget. With the laptop also comes the warranty, case, flash drives, and other various software you may need for your coursework.