You are all ready to go to college. You have gotten financial aid and are all excited. But did you budget for these hidden and unexpected fees? Like: orientation fees and freshman fees, and extra charges to finish, such as senior fees and commencement fees. Look at the list below and see for yourself!
- $8.50 fee at Indiana University to drop a class after two days.
- $3,049 fee to major in digital media and animation at Alfred State College, State University of New York.
- Annual $814 “student success fee” at California Polytechnic State.
- $3,324 “academic excellence fee” for entering students at the University of Oklahoma.
- Graduation fees can run from $25 to $200.
- $1,147 campus academic fee at Cal Poly.
- $113 Seismic fee at UCLA.
- $2,176 required fee for academic activities at University of Mary Washington.
- $314 associated student fee at Cal Poly.
- $400 "proration fee at Auburn.
- $1,652 meal plan administrative fee at UW Madison.
- $324 instructional enhancement fee at UCLA.
- $694 university union fee at Cal Poly.
- $140 fee for renting a mini-fridge.
- $3,622 required fee for student services at University of Mary Washington.
- $181 psychology course materials fee at UCLA.
- The average school generates roughly $635 per space and about $4 million to $5 million in total annual parking-fee revenues, according to recent studies from the National Parking Association. Some schools even assess parking fees for students who don’t drive.
- $307 instructionally related activities fee at Cal Poly.
- Printing papers and presentations at school can cost as much as $1 a page.
- Greek life is expensive: between $1,000 and $4,000. Plus there are other expenses such as charitable contributions, service projects and trips, as well as formals and rush events.
- Test registration for those going to graduate school. GRE fee is about $205.
- Collegiate sports are a big business in America. Many schools push season passes, game tickets and other packages on students. That can generate as much as a few hundred dollars a year per student.
- If you lose anything school-issued, such as ID cards, meal cards or dorm keys, there's almost always a replacement fee. The typical charge is from $10 to $50, depending on the item.
P.S. The fee amount and type above can change anytime. Please research the hidden fees of your target colleges.