How Much Can You Save by Going to Community College? Part 2

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
Utilities $360 $0
Cable/Internet $120 $0
Total $16,520 $15,320

Seems that community college may lose out on this one, but not by much!

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