teachermom2834 Posted November 13, 2017 Share Posted November 13, 2017 My ds is a sophomore at a small private school. We have found a few ways to save some money on campus that some families might not even be aware of: 1)cheaper dorm- this one was huge for my ds. The typical "freshman dorm" that is shown on the tours and cost used to calucate COA and FA offers is not the least expensive dorm on campus. There is actually a small, older dorm that is available. If you look carefully through the housing options it is there but if you just requested the standard dorm you saw on the tour you would be paying so much more. The difference is $6000!!! It is the smallest room on campus and has a common hall bathroom instead of suite style but not $6000 worth of smaller. This has been an easy one for ds. None of the dorms are that nice. Definitely not worth that much extra. 2)incentives for on time payment- this school offers a bookstore gift card for on time full payment. The earlier you pay the larger the gift card. Ds has gotten $200 gift cards for early payment. He can buy his books cheaper elsewhere but can use the bookstore gift card to buy a VISA gift card. 3)used books- of course we all know to shop around on books but at this school the kids sell amongst themselves through the school app. Students sell cheap. There seems to be a spirit of trying to help each other out while making $20 rather than charging market value. Ds is good about getting on the app early before classes start and has scored some good deals. He pays it forward by selling cheap too. (Most of the kids probably had their parents buy the books so aren't thinking of market value) 4)sample dorm room- there is a gift card offered (bookstore or maybe campus Starbucks?) for allowing access to your dorm room on tours. The ones we toured were not particularly clean so it didn't look like a hard way to make money for some students. It is a small school so I doubt tours would be constant. Ds also tries to hit any function offering free food. LOL. He has an unlimited meal plan but he grabs a water bottle and snacks at any functions with giveaways and has a stash in his room. My ds has been paying his way with hard earned cash from summer jobs and is definitely on the thrifty side. I suspect there are families that are not even aware of some of these ways to make a little cash. It's not a ton of money (except the dorm) but for my kid and our family the savings really help. Any ways you have found to save a few bucks in college or access a few perks? Oh- one more that isn't widely applicable. My ds is a D3 athlete so he does not have athletic scholarship money but the access to healthcare he has from the team staff has been valuable. He had a pretty hard fall down a flight of stairs resulting in a severe ankle sprain. He's had that managed by the team staff and gets treatment a couple times a day, OTC medications, a boot, crutches, etc. That has been a benefit as well. He gets fed and clothed by the team to some degree too. Not enough to compensate for the hours he dedicates but a few perks even for the non-scholarship athlete. 15 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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