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College Costs

Schools must tell all applicants how much it will cost to attend their school for each academic year. Schools determine costs based upon average budgets that students spend for the following categories:

School Expenses
School Tuition and Fees:
cost to attend class instruction and the use of facilities, labs, libraries and all other related services for each enrolled student
Books and Supplies:
the estimated amount for books and supplies the student will be required to purchase for classroom instruction — includes course-related publications.
Computer and Other Electronics:
not necessarily required since colleges offer computer labs and other shared facilities. However, given the electronic push made by colleges, it will be the student's advantage to own their own personal computer along with a printer and other necessary electronics.
Room and Board:
the estimated cost for housing and food if you live in a residence hall; if you live off campus, food expenses are not estimated — includes fraternity/sorority fees and dues
the estimated cost for 2-3 round trips from your home to school; if you live with your parents, the estimated commuting costs will be calculated
Personal Living Expenses:
the estimated cost for clothing, grooming supplies, laundry and limited entertainment
Other Personal Costs:
personal expenses that are specific to the student such as disability expenses, dependent care, loan fees, etc.
any other expenses that you can identify with your school's Financial Aid Office
Your SayStudent Loan can be used to pay for the following expenses:

tuition and student fees
lab fees
athletic and academic organization fees
books and related supplies
course related publications

personal computer - internet access fees
software, printer, cartridges and supplies
room and board
travel home
study abroad programs

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