In addition to tuition and living expenses, there are many other costs associated with college. Whether your parents are footing the bill for these extras or you are, you’ll want to be prepared before heading off to college.
There are many websites as well as resources from colleges about what to bring for a dorm room. To keep costs down try to use what you already have at home, check online for used items, or go to garage sales. Another good idea is to check with your roommate to see what they are bringing to make sure you aren’t doubling your efforts.
You’ll want to check with your college to make sure and purchase the right equipment for your major. Many programs now require students to have a specific laptop that meets certain specifications. You’ll also need a printer, but many computers come with either a free or discounted printer, so make sure you take advantage of the offer. FORUM offers Student Survival Account holders computer loan specials.
Just like you did when you started a new year in high school, you’ll want to make sure you are prepared for classes. Obviously textbooks are the most costly. Once you receive your schedule and textbook list, start searching online for used books rather than waiting to find them on campus. Don’t forget the basics like a backpack or computer bag.
You might be thinking “just buy a new pair of walking shoes” which might work, but if you are going to a large campus, a bike might be in order. Are you commuting or going out of state? If your parents are unable to buy a vehicle, you might discuss the possibility of you purchasing a car. Check out our video on “Car Buying and Financing.”