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Fourth Semester Tuition & Housing Paid in Full

February 9th, 2017 at 12:07 pm

I just made the electronic payment from our checking account for the full spring tuition and housing bill. I admit it was a little hard to click the submit button!

The full amount was $10,426.56. Of that amount, $4,662.65 was for spring room and board. That includes a discount ($353) for being a second year student. Books and supplies were $267. The rest was tuition for classes after her scholarships. She is taking 17 credits this semester, so that bumps up a bill pretty fast compared to a 12 credit hour semester.

I've been really focused on getting this bill paid. I do need to consider how much two online classes this summer might cost and figure how we might pay for those. I think those classes may be the last ones we would pay in full out of pocket before we start using the Post 911/GI Bill.

I do feel blessed that we are able to provide a college education for our daughter. And to do it without loans thus far is a bonus. I know she is grateful as well.

9 Responses to “Fourth Semester Tuition & Housing Paid in Full”

  1. My English Castle Says:

    That is a tough bill to pay. I salute you for doing this for your daughter. I watch so many students leave with crippling loan bills.

  2. Michelle Says:

    Congrats ccf. We will be doing the same here in a few months debt free like you. Are there some books you can't buy used.. I.e. your 200 books and fees charge. Will i likely pay tuition in June or July for not August start of school? This will all be new to us. Thank you

  3. rob62521 Says:

    I don't blame you for having a tough time hitting that button to submit. But you should be very proud of yourselves for providing an education for your daughter without a loan payment. You've done some great financial planning.

  4. crazyliblady Says:

    Does your daughter buy new or used textbooks? I ask, because I see so many students struggling to pay the high cost of textbooks. Then, I suggest renting the textbook, a new option the college bookstore offers, or purchasing online from a website like alibris.com. I showed a student alibris.com recently where she could purchase her book for $20.00 instead of $200.00. She was absolutely delighted. Our college also has some courses that use OERs (open educational resources) instead of purchasing textbooks.

    Congrats to you on doing this without loans so far.

  5. creditcardfree Says:

    @Michelle, We pay tuition in February for spring and September for fall. I would look online and find the bursar office (that is what ours is called) to see how they bill for tuition. Technically, my daughter gets all the bills. I make her send me the bill. She also had to give me authorization to make payments, which she didn't mind doing at all!

    As far as books, it has varied. We have rented several used books. We have bought used, rented used, bought new at the bookstore, and bought on Amazon. Some teachers have specifically suggested Amazon, as the books were not even stocked in the bookstore! I hope that helps a little.

  6. CB in the City Says:

    My sons graduated without loans. Partly because they went the the university where I was working, which cut the price in half, but also because their dad paid the balance of the tuition. I struggled with loans myself -- I sure didn't want it for my kids, and was so glad we worked it out.

  7. Ssnafu Says:

    Take a bow CCF, great job cash flowing DD 2nd year. It's a wonderful gift to have DD likely graduate without a large SL. She will be listening to friends bemoan their large loans that impact every decision they will make for more than a decade. What are her plans and expectations after graduation? Wishing her well. What an exciting time for the family.

  8. livingalmostlarge Says:

    Congratulations! Take a bow. Amazing.

  9. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I bet that was hard letting that money go. Good job cash flowing it!

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