Cost of housing

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Registered: 07-24-1997
Cost of housing
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Mon, 04-29-2013 - 2:32pm

DD just gave me a breakdown of her university's housing costs. . . and even though I have a 20yo DS in college, I'm SHOCKED.  The cost of housing at her university is almost twice the cost at DS's.  I didn't even think that was possible, since DS goes to a typical private northeast liberal arts college.  I should have known that it would be more for DD because she'll be in NYC but still - $13,000+ for her vs $7000 for a freshman dorm room at DS's college - that was not what I was expecting.

Fortunately DS is moving off campus for his senior year and his new apartment will only cost $5000 for the nine months he'll be there (it's an academic-year rental).  I guess I'll be taking the money we're saving from his moving off campus and applying it to DD's cost of housing instead.

I *really* didn't think I could be surprised by university costs anymore, but apparently I was wrong. 

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Tue, 04-30-2013 - 9:17am

Elc, that's what I am wondering, if she has to take a full load spring term or not because of her team.  She's not required to live on campus as a freshman, but wanted to for at least one year to get the full college experience, but was thinking she'd likely move in with teammates after the first year.  Definitely more we have to research into, these weren't questions I thought to ask at the recruiting visit last fall when we were there.

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Registered: 06-16-1998
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Mon, 04-29-2013 - 9:25pm

Arryl, can your dd choose whether she takes Spring term? Doesn't she have to take X# of units per academic year to remain full time/in good standing?

My ds attended a U on the "quarter" system and the schedule sounds similar to your dd's school. As I recall some schools have requirements about freshmen living on campus but usually they can move off campus second year and beyond. That brings a different set of challenges because often the off-campus leases are for a full year so the student has to find someone to sublease, or pay for the summer months.

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Registered: 07-30-1997
Mon, 04-29-2013 - 8:20pm

Where ds20 went for his first two years, it's a good 10k/2 semesters w/a small meal plan for freshman year for 2 people in a dorm, and about the same for a 2br on-campus apartment (you then pay for a meal plan or just pay for/cook your own food).  His current U is less expensive; about 5.5-7k/year for housing plus about 2k/semester for a meal plan for a 2 bedroom. (he's not on campus any more)

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Mon, 04-29-2013 - 2:50pm

Left her financial aid letter in the car after a disappointing talk with the financial aid office.  But looking at their website, for a triple room and a standard meal plan (16 "swipes" per week) its roughly $9750 for 3 semesters, fall, winter, and spring.  We have to figure out if she's going to take a spring semester, live in the dorms, etc.  The winter semester gets done March 26, 2014, but her athletic season goes til the end of April.  The spring semester goes til the first week of June. I don't know what her requirements are, if she has to take classes spring semester, a certain amount of them, etc. and if it makes sense for her to stay in the dorms, or what exactly.  Yet another thing to talk about and considerations...

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