The Burden of Non-Tuition Costs
Eckerson Peters, Eleanor
Roberson, Amanda Janice
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Tuition and fees comprise only a portion of students’ college costs. Students must also pay for housing, food, and child care—expenses that can’t be put on hold while they’re enrolled. Repeatedly in our conversations, students said that covering these non-tuition costs, in addition to buying books and course materials, paying for transportation to and from school and work, and handling unforeseen emergencies present significant financial burdens. This report examines each of these non-tuition costs and provides policy recommendations.