Some of the costs of college are pretty obvious, like tuition, room, and board. But others are not as apparent when you’re choosing a school. For example, did you budget for a plane ticket home over Thanksgiving?
Whether you’re working to pay your own way through school or getting help from your family, tuition is not the only expense to keep in mind. If you don’t have a checking account and debit card, now may be the time to get one, so you can plan and pay for the below 12 expenditures:
- Books and supplies: At most high schools, you receive your books from the school and return them when you’re through. In college, students are generally responsible for buying their own textbooks — and they can be quite pricey. According to the College Board, in 2018-2019, college students at four-year schools spend $1,240 on books and supplies for the year. You may be able to reduce this cost significantly if you’re organized and rent or buy your books used or online. The one option you can’t choose is going without books, so you should make sure to plan for this expense.
- Printing: Many professors are aware of the high cost of academic materials and do students the courtesy of posting PDFs of course readings online. Even so, the cost of printing a dozen PDFs per week can be staggering. Find out the cost of printing at your college library. It may be more cost efficient to purchase an e-reader or tablet for reading PDFs in class.