- Application and registration fees
For those of you who haven't applied to college yet, know that the pleasure of turning in an application often costs money. And for everyone else, know the fees don't stop there. Schools often charge extra registration fees, especially for things like winter or summer sessions.
- Freshman orientation fee
As a freshman you often can move onto campus early, get settled, and learn about the campus through an organized set of talks, tours, and parties. But sometimes it's not optional. And it's almost never free. Plan on paying up to $200.
This is a standard fee most schools charge to cover things like computer labs and outfitting classrooms with projectors or other displays. Fees depend on the school, but some charge as much as $400 per year.
- Student activities
You pay to participate. Extracurricular activities may appear to be free, but every student is charged as part of their tuition payment.
- Health care
Most colleges offer insurance plans to their students. Some schools require it, and it's never cheap. Many charge up to $2000 a year for the service.
Anyone with a car will tell you: there's almost never free parking near a college campus. And passes can cost hundreds.
- Other miscellaneous fees
Maybe they charge an identification card fee, or extra lab fees for certain classes, or even for Greek life. Point being: it pays to know what you owe, so always ask ahead of time.
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