By Alex Hollis (@wvedutech)
Part 2: Room & Board?
In last week’s post, we took a look at the cost benefits of going to community college by comparing the cost per credit hour for the same calculus class if you were to take it at a community college or a state school in the same state. You can read it here or (this one is for my fellow redditors – TL;DR – it’s cheaper to take a class at community college).
But credit hours are just one part of the equation. What about the whole housing element? Are there cost benefits in staying on a campus at a private or state school over having your own place and attending community college?
Let’s take a look at the cost of living on a college campus vs. all the costs associated with getting your own place near community college.
We will change it up a bit and go with Bunker Hill Community college (Charlestown, MA) vs Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA)
|Expenses (per year)||(BHCC) Est. costs of living off campus in Charlestown||(BC) Living on campus|
|Housing||[($3,000/month/)/3 roomates] x 12 months = $12,000||$10,710|
|Food||$70/week x 52 weeks = $3,640||$4,610|
|Travel||MBTA Student Bus Pass = $400|
Seems that community college may lose out on this one, but not by much!