College seems to have many costs everyone forgets to mention, especially at orientation. Going in, everyone has ideas what their four years will cost: tuition, room and board, and money for other essentials. Now add the fees for that prestigious fraternity/sorority that you have been eying, paying for plane tickets and everything else when you take a summer or semester abroad, and finding some fantastic internship where you realize what it is that you are going to do (or not do) with your life, which is also usually unpaid. On top of this, there’s the possibility of extra semesters because remediation, a failed class, switch of majors, or transfers and there are even costs for graduating. All this isn’t to say that college is expensive so you should skip out on it, as college graduates with a Bachelor’s Degree earn on average $800,000 more in a lifetime compared to those who don’t have degrees. This is here, however, to open your eyes to the potential costs that lay ahead of you. Hopefully this list will help you plan so you can do all that you desire to do and come out with a degree in hand, a couple years of great memories, and a little less debt.
Written by Fisher Derderian, a rising junior at The King’s College in downtown Manhattan studying Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. He is currently a marketing intern at the Council for Economic Education.