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Commuting to college has its benefits


Wednesday, July 18, 2012
For many students, the chance to live on their own in a college dormitory is one of the biggest attractions of the college experience. However, not every member of the student body lives on campus. In fact, a large number of students choose to live at home and commute to class.

Based on the results of a 2012 survey conducted by Sallie Mae, a financial services company, 51 percent of students enrolled in college during the 2011-2012 academic year lived at home. Seventy-seven percent of students enrolled in two-year public colleges chose to remain at home, while about 40 percent of four-year private college students and 38 percent of four-year public college students did the same.

There are various reasons why students choose to live at home rather than on campus. However, in many cases the primary reason is cost. While tuition is usually the highest portion of college expenses, room and board add a considerable amount to the cost of a college education. The U.S. Department of Education states that students can save up to $6,000 per year when they commute to class from home instead of living on campus.

Some students may worry that living at home means missing out on the traditional college experience. However, many colleges have activities and groups specifically organized for commuter students that allow them to meet other students, both commuters and residents, and get involved with college and campus life.ADNFCR-16000756-ID-800821531-ADNFCR

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