Commuting

The financial benefit of having a commuter student is a no-brainer – FREE ROOM AND BOARD! – but there are other positive factors as well, like no chance of an unreasonable roommate, easier access to healthier food and a better vantage point for you to watch what’s going on in your child’s life. Your child will need a way to get to and from school each day and since you saved a significant amount on room and board, you could put those funds toward a reliable vehicle and commuter parking sticker or monthly transit passes (extra bonus: students often get discounted fares).

ADVERTISEMENT

As a parent, you may think this is the best decision but your child will probably think of living at home as an extension of high school. It is sometimes harder for commuters to form close ties with other students like they would by living in a residence hall and it can also be difficult to find people to study with if they are all staying on campus and your child has to leave to beat traffic.

Also, as your child becomes more independent, they may feel as though long-standing house rules relating to curfews and overnight guests no longer apply to them; this conversation should be had prior to or as soon as school starts so that everyone understands what expectations will be moving forward.

ADVERTISEMENT

Latest College & Financial Aid News

Avoid Student Debt at Colleges with No Student Loans

February 25, 2021

by Izzy Hall

Here at Scholarships.com, we connect students with scholarships that can help alleviate the amount of student loans they need to take out to pay for college. But there are colleges out there that offer students such generous financial aid packages that they need to take out very little in loans if at all. These “no student loans” colleges replace student loans in financial aid packages with additional scholarships and grants to help fund a student’s tuition. Students accepted into these schools will pay much less than the cost of tuition and thus will not be as burdened with student debt. [...]

Test-Optional Policies Drive Increase in College Applications

February 23, 2021

by Izzy Hall

Well-known and selective colleges such as the University of Virginia, Harvard and the University of California at Berkeley are seeing a spike in college applications due to their adoption of test-optional admissions for the 2021 admissions cycle. These record increases have led some schools to announce an extension of test-optional admissions into future years. [...]

Big STEM Scholarship Opportunity for HBCU Students

February 18, 2021

by Izzy Hall

A great scholarship opportunity for students enrolling at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) has extended through the end of Black History Month. The Future of Stem Scholars Initiative (FOSSI) will award 150 scholarships worth $40,000 over four years as well as provide mentoring and internship opportunities to select winners. The extended deadline for this scholarship is March 1st. [...]