Costs Beyond Tuition

Heavy Costs Overshadow Tuition

As another semester approaches, students must dig deep into their pockets to deal with the many cots they face. One of the first costs that come to mind when it comes to college is tuition. However, other costs exist that are not as immediately apparent. These costs include meals, housing, books, supplies and extra fees for certain programs.

Books and other supplies needed for class can be quite costly for students. Some majors and programs involve more extra costs than others.

“There are extra fees that have to do with the materials I have to buy, a lot of books, scrubs since I’m a nursing student, and stethoscope, blood pressure cuffs, stuff like that,” Casie Contos, a student in the accelerated nursing program, says.

Meals are something that all students must consider. Meal plans are available at Kent State. According to the Kent State website, the amount of money on one’s meal plan and how much the meal plan costs depends on the plan selected. However, the average cost of a meal plan for a student living on campus is about $1000, with no plan below $1000 or above $3000. A meal plan costing $750 is available to commuters. Besides this, students can put money on their flashcards and use that to purchase food.

Other students pack to save money.

“I usually pack lunches,” Hannah Fenshaw, a Kent State Fashion Design Major, says.

Room and board is a major expense for non-commuter students. The cost of living space at Kent State for in state students is higher than their tuition. According to the Kent State website, the cost of room and board for in state students is $10,012, while the cost of room and board for in state students is $10,720. For out of state students, the cost of staying in a dorm is $10,720.00, a little more than half as much as tuition which is $18,376.00.

While non-commuter students do not have to deal with the costs of dorm rooms or apartments, the cost of gas can add up.

“I spend about $20 a week on gas,” Andrew Brown, a Kent State Zoology major, says.

Students deal with these costs in several ways. Some students take out loans.

“I take out a lot of student loans,” Contos says.

Loans are not the only way students handle these costs, though. Certain scholarships are also available. According to the Kent State website, some scholarships are available to all students while others are only available to students of specific majors. Many scholarships are awarded to freshman. They include the Founders Scholarship, Honors College Scholarship, Oscar Ritchie Memorial Scholarship, and many others. Many of these scholarships can be renewed and last through the student’s time at Kent State as long as certain requirements are fulfilled.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) financial aid is also available for students who meet certain criteria.

Costs other than tuition are often higher than tuition itself which students have found many ways to deal with.

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