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How to Reduce College Costs

DePaul Housing.CMC2013
DePaul University Housing, Chicago
Creative Marbles Consultancy, 2011

The “sticker shock” of college tuition rising at 1140%, as we posted here, can overshadow the need to calculate living and housing expenses, as part of the overall costs for college.  Yet, families who budget for ALL college expenses for 4 years, not just year-to-year costs, are prudent and may find ways to save money.  Understanding how the cost of living in a particular location can influence college costs, especially in the latter years of a college stay when students typically move-off campus, can help families forecast expenses more reasonably.  A recent study at the Council for Community & Economic Research, as well as highlights of the student from the Washington Post,  provide a general framework for families to continuing for the expense of college.  As a bonus, focusing on particular regions and locations that fit the family budget can also assist students in narrowing their choices for college applications.

UWisc Housing.Creative Marbles 2011
University of Wisconsin, Madison Housing
Creative Marbles Consultancy, 2011