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Let's Talk College Costs...Spring Freshman Year

May 10th, 2017 at 11:28 am

Let's move on to my daughter's spring semester of her Freshman year in college. That semester she took 13 credits. This is down from the 16 she took her first semester.

_$9,919 Tuition and Fees
_$4,949 Spring Housing
$14,868 Total Before Scholarships
($10,000) Scholarships
_$4,868 Total After Scholarships
__($400) Advance Deposit from Cash on Hand
($4,400) Paid from ESA
___($68) Paid out of Pocket

Looking back I kind of wish I paid less from her ESA, but overall I have no regrets. I mean couldn't I have come up with another $1000 towards it? But it did go to costs associated with attending.

I'm not entirely sure the book costs for Fall, but I do see she purchased at least $269 for books and supplies at the University book store. Some of her supplies would be art items, which are often pricey! And I know she bought some items at an off campus art store too. We paid for the books out of pocket, also.

I think you can tell that it is helpful to have room in your budget to absorb some of the costs, of at least books and incidentals that come up. Of course, I also think it isn't a bad idea to have students pay these themselves. And there are things our daughter does pay for, which I can put in another post at some point.

6 Responses to “Let's Talk College Costs...Spring Freshman Year”

  1. crazyliblady Says:

    Have you heard of Dick Blick for art supplies? I know they have stores in some cities, but they also have a website.


  2. rob62521 Says:

    You are right, having the room in the budget certainly helps. It's been a long time since I went to college, but buying books and supplies were so darn expensive. I tried to sell back the books whenever I could to help defray costs.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Yes, crazyliblady, we are aware of Dick Blick. They are super expensive, but we have had to use them for some things. She usually goes to a locally owned store that she can walk from campus.

    @rob62521, the nice thing now is you can rent so many books which we find easier to manage. Pay the rental fee and return and there are no surprises later to how much you might or might not get back. She did sell one book back this past semester and got $20 back. She brought another home that we are attempting to sell on Half.com.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    Wow, the rental gig sounds great. Wish they had that when I went to school My husband went to Eastern Illinois University and they all did the rental. Sure has to save money.

  5. crazyliblady Says:

    Here's a place where you can sell books if your daughter has to buy one. Just scan or type in the issn and it tells you instantly if they will buy it and for how much.


  6. creditcardfree Says:

    Yes, I have perused those cash for books sites. I need more for this book, as it is nearly new, thus the listing on Half.com.

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