What Does College Cost? Plan for Tuition, Plus These Expenses
Depending what college or university you attend, your cost per credit could be by
the hour, or you might have a flat fee. At Saint Louis University, the undergraduate tuition fee covers 12 to 18 credit hours a semester. Students who enroll in fewer (or more) classes
pay by the credit hour.
Residence Halls and Dining Plans
Where will you live? What kind of meal plan will you have? You've got some control
over this college cost. At SLU, most freshmen live on campus; room costs vary from building to building. You have choices about how your meal plan breaks down but the cost is included in
your board for the year. Saving money by living at home? At some schools, like SLU,
full-time commuting freshmen still need a meal plan.
From technology to wellness, all universities have fees that cover your amenities
while you're on campus. In addition, your major might require you to buy certain supplies
or have fees associated with certain courses.
Planning to bring your car? Plan to pay for parking. You might also want to budget for plane tickets or gas money needed for trips home
during the holidays or over the summer.
Universities offer health insurance for students who aren't covered under other plans. If you already have insurance,
you might need to submit a waiver and a copy of your insurance card to avoid being
College textbooks can cost between $400 to $800 a semester. You might be able to bring
down the cost by renting college textbooks or using eBooks. At SLU, textbooks bought at the student bookstore can be charged
to your university account.
Planning on eating out? Need new shoes? Don't forget to factor life outside the classroom
into your budget.
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