Tuition might be the biggest cost you face, but it’s not the only one. You may also have to pay for room and board, books, transportation, health insurance, and of course, your living expenses beyond those basics.Some colleges put an estimated cost of attendance on their college web sites, called COA. The better you understand that, the better prepared you’ll be.
Before you start packing those Twin X-long sheets, you need to know if your college will truly fit into your budget. Schools are required to show an average Cost of Attending, but you may wind up paying much more or even less. What can tip the scale are all the HIDDEN costs of going to college--and they can add up to a LOT. Here's an insider's peek at all the ways your money may have to stretch, so you can pick the school that's the perfect fit.