Other College Costs
The total cost of earning an undergraduate degree can vary widely between schools, and even among students at the same school. Your direct costs for your education include the tuition and fees outlined here and depend on where you live, how often you want to eat in the dining hall, and if you’re registering for some specific courses.
Aside from these costs, the cost of your attendance can depend on how you get your class books and materials, transportation, and other personal expenses. For planning purposes, we generally estimate that the cost of a college education will include an average additional $3,000 to $4,000 per academic year:
- $1,000 per year on books and course materials
(Many students are able to resell their books at the end of each term, after they have completed their coursework.)
- $1,600 per year for personal expenses
- $400 per year for transportation for a resident student; or $900 per year for transportation as a commuter student
- $50 in student loan fees per year
These estimates may be high or low for your specific situation, and represent costs that can be spread out over the course of the year.
We use these figures in determining your total cost of attendance, which impacts your financial aid package.