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The cost of a college education

August 8th, 2011 at 04:20 pm

I was setting up the payment plan at Sallie Mae's website today for my son's fall tuition and in reviewing the bill I was terrified at the added cost. This does not even cover the parking fee which is $600 a year, since he commutes to school.

Current Term 2011 FALL

Student Services Fee - Fall

$380.05

Facilities Fee Fall

$890.25
STUDENT GOV'T ASSOC FEE

$48.90

COMPUTER TECH FEE

$159.00

TUITION UG I/S Fall
$3,844.87

The total amount due is: $5,323.07 for 18 credits. I know we're getting off easy, but some of these fees are just crazy.


3 Responses to “The cost of a college education”

  1. My English Castle Says:

    At my university they hike up fees all the time--and tell students tuition is unchanged. I feel for you. And our university staff has had their health insurance costs double as well as their required pension investment--but we're told no-one has taken as salary cut, On my paycheck, it's an 18% loss.

  2. PNW Mom Says:

    It's always those little fee's that add up. My DD1 and her entire "house" at her college were charged $10 each for some kind of cleaning fee at the end of the year. No real reason...she moved out a few days before her roommate but all she had to do was pretty much vacuum....no damage otherwise they would have stated so and nothing was left for them to dispose of. One of her RA's was telling her one year he got charged a small fee because the wooden blinds in his room were supposedly dusty after he checked out. Really? You don't think those blinds are going to get dusty sitting there all summer? Ridiculous!

  3. whitestripe Says:

    Yep - it costs a lot!
    I have the advantage of having a different system here in Australia. The course cost is deferred until I earn over a certain point (I think it's around 50k a year now) and then I pay it back through my tax. In saying that... textbooks and programs still cost a lot. I have spent $370 on textbooks for two subjects this semester, and will have to fork out an unexpected $99 on Access program that I didn't know we'd need! SIGH.

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