College Decisions: On or Off Campus?

1361 WordsFeb 25, 20185 Pages
Upcoming college freshman face a multitude of different and challenging decisions during their senior year of high school including deciding whether to live on campus or off campus. Each choice presents its own positives and negatives. The choice does not come easy because every student will have his or her own opinion of what is important. Both living on campus or off campus have their advantages and disadvantages but on campus living can be more beneficial in the end. In order to make the correct choice of living on or off campus all factors must be considered including costs and personal preferences. Primarily the cost of tuition must first be considered then housing must be added into the total cost. According to collegeboard.org the average tuition for a public four-year in state university for the 2013-2014 year was 8,993 while the average housing cost was 9,498 which totals 18,391 for both. It is important that the student research not only the total cost of their decision but additional fees such as books and other personal expenses such as commuting. Books average 1,200 per semester (collegeboar.org). Scholarships must also be accounted for so that a student may choose a higher priced university but can afford it with their scholarships and grants. “Scholarships and grants are often called “gift aid” because they are free money- financial aid that doesn’t have to be repaid” (studentaid.ed.gov). Options must be weighed equally to determine which
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