Parents and students focus on tuition and dorm prices when they estimate what college will cost. However, consumers need to also take a look at the additional college fees that they will be expected to pay, which can be substantial. Colleges can and do charge fees for the a variety of services. A sampling of fees from college websites is listed below:
Some fees are lumped into a tuition and mandatory fee figure and then there are other non-mandatory fees charged. Colleges vary a great deal on the number of services for which they charge extra and on the amount that they charge in fees. Once a family looks at fees, a more accurate picture of the cost of a college emerges. Knowlege of all charges helps a familiy know whether a college with a lower tuition bill is offering a good deal or if the college is simply making up for that low tuition charge with a large number of high fees.