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Other expenses

June 30, 2023

The University’s cost of attendance calculator estimates that students will spend $2,500 on “other expenses” in an academic year. 

This cost, however broad and randomly estimated, could be an important one to remember.

There could be instances throughout a student’s academic career when they need to purchase a large winter coat, new shoes, an overpriced cup of coffee, a refrigerator or even a movie ticket to prevent themselves from going insane during finals week.

This cost could vary from person to person depending on frugality, frequency of bar attendance, taste in clothing, Greek house affiliation and any number of other factors. 

Lifestyle choices in college contribute greatly to the resulting cost of attendance, so it may be worthwhile to evaluate priorities.

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