Common college expenses include academic fees, tuition and textbooks as well as living costs such as housing, food and personal care supplies. College students may incur expenses for medical care, transportation and entertainment costs for social activities.
Academic expenses are often the most substantial when attending college and may include fees for supplemental study aids in addition to textbooks, a computer and a printer, software and e-readers. Students may also need to purchase an external hard drive, flash drives to store course data, Internet access and supplies such as pens, notebooks, highlighters and memo boards.
Certain college classes may require attendance at special events that incur a cost. For example, a theater class may require the student to attend local performances that charge an entry fee, whereas a history professor may request students attend museum exhibits that charge for entry.
Common living expenses include the cost for room and board, but students living off campus may be required to pay for utilities such as water, sewer, trash, electric and gas. Fees for furniture, bedding and kitchen appliances and supplies can also add to the cost of attending college. Students who park their vehicle on campus commonly incur expenses for parking, vehicle insurance and state registration.