Are you curious what’s going to be on your college bill or you want to know what the hidden costs are of your college? When you’re paying for your college tuition, you’re paying for a lot more than just your classes. I’ve wrote out a few things that you’re most likely going to pay for when you’re attending college.
Tuition – This one is the most obvious. You’re going to be paying for you college classes. This will help pay for the class, the professors wages and all of the equipment that’s included inside of your classroom that you’re using.
Fees – Besides your tuition, you’re going to have a lot of fees that you may not know about. These fees will all vary depending on the school you’re attending. Some of the fees that you’ll probably be paying for are -
- Gym Fees
- Health Clinics
- Lab Fees
- Tech Fees
- Library Fees
Your room and board- This one you’ll pay if you’re staying on campus. IF you’re not staying on campus, you’ll most likely not have to pay as much as someone that’s staying on the campus itself. Staying on campus isn’t cheap and in fact, sometimes it can almost double your tuition rates.
Your school supplies- College is no different than high school. You’re going to need to buy school supplies such as your pencil, notebooks, pens and everything else you’ll need. Some colleges may also require you to carry a laptop around.
Food- Everyone has to eat and whether you’re living on campus or you’re just going to stop by the cafe to study, you’re most likely going to spend money on a sandwich and drink. Do this five times a week and it adds up quickly.
Textbooks – A lot of college students go to college and not realize how much textbooks are going to be. Depending on what major you’re taking, you’re looking at least a few hundred dollars per semester on college books.
Getting there – How are you going to get to college? Are you going to drive? Are you going to live there? If you plan on driving, count on spending on gas, maintenance on your car and more. Driving isn’t cheap.
As you can see, college isn’t cheap and when you look at your tuition, you’re going to pay well more than just that. So, if you’re looking to budget out your college expenses, make sure you include all of these expenses that you may not think of. They aren’t necessarily hidden expenses but rather expenses that you may not think about.