When families think of financing a college education, they usually think about covering tuition costs.
It’s easy to home in on tuition — after all, it’s an obvious, in-your-face expense. But tuition and fees don’t make up the largest portion of the average cost of college attendance.
In the College Board’s most recent Trends in College Pricing , researchers found non-tuition-related expenses at public four-year schools account for 61% of a total $24,610 average cost of attendance.
Here are a few hidden college costs for families to consider before the school year starts.