College is expensive, not just expensive, crazy expensive but these current and recently graduated college students have come up with some solutions. It’s not only tuition that students need to worry about, but the many expected and unexpected costs that arise once a student steps foot on campus. And, many of today’s college students are paying their own way through school.
There are the often discussed food security issues, but there are also costs associated with being able to socialize with your peers, being able to fit in with other students. Those ancillary college costs are leading students to crowdsource ways to navigate their way through college.
In her junior year at the University of Michigan, Lauren Shandevel noticed that the university’s student government put out a campus affordability guide. The guide was disappointing with advice such as sell your car or fire your maid, unrealistic advice for low income students.
In response, Shandevel decided to open a Google document called, “Being Not Rich at U of M: A Guide” and ask fellow students to drop in suggestions of ways they save money. She was shocked when hundreds of University of Michigan students added tips to the document on navigating college when you are footing the bill. More than a year later, Shendevel has graduated and the guide is over a hundred pages long. Through social media the guide began to make its way to students at other universities.
This type of college guide is now available at a number of other schools including, “ the University of Texas at Austin, Pima Community College in Arizona and the University of Iowa.”
Students helping each other make their way through college.
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