1. Petula Wright
    December 13, 2010 @ 3:33 pm

    $420?! Good gravy! That’s great advice, Dave. My daughter does very well handling her financial affairs including checking her online bill and has not had any surprises, but I’m going to add this to her “make sure” list because that’s definitely something we can’t afford. That sounds like a post in and of itself.

    It seems to me, and correct me if I’m wrong, that a lot of institutions make it difficult to save a penny – so to speak. In your instance, it seems as if they would make some type of concession. I also noticed with my daughter’s school that the freshman students that are in their university housing off the main campus are still required that minimum amount of food dollars for the cafeteria. Those who live off campus have full kitchens and don’t travel to campus for all meals. It would be better for students’ and more likely parents’ pocketbooks if the off-campus students – particularly freshman – could save money on the meal plan since they’re responsible for their own groceries as well. I feel like I paid (well, my daughter!) for two individuals’ meals for an entire semester.


  2. Dave Kelly
    December 13, 2010 @ 12:30 pm

    As the dad of a college student, let me also suggest you frequently check the student bill of your student on-line frequently. My daughter took this semester off, so we expected there would be no bill. I did confirm that all of her tuition costs, etc were showing zeros before the semester began. I figured we were set. Sometime after the start of the semester the parking office charged her for this semester’s parking permit, which she did not need. I did not know about it until a paper bill came in the mail in mid-October! Of course, we contacted them immediately to get a credit and were informed that we had to cancel the permit by September 15, otherwise it had to be paid for! Really?!! And we had no choice but to pay it, otherwise she could not register for classes for the spring. Oh, the cost of the permit? $420!! So, keep an eye on the bill!!


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