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Least Expensive Room and Board

This is probably the 5003rd post in which we’ve said something about college being expensive. And by expensive we don’t mean an $18 hamburger (always think twice before investing in an $18 hamburger), we’re talking upwards of $160,000 dollars for a $40,000 per year college education. That’s almost 9,000 $18 hamburgers!

Besides finding scholarships and grants, you can save money on college by not spending your life’s savings on just plain living. Room and board at some colleges can cost a surprising amount of coin. But certain colleges, according to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) have much less expensive costs to annual room and board expenses than others. In fact, here are the 20 colleges with the least expensive room and board.

1. Goddard College
Average room and board costs:
 $1,152

2. Beth Hamedrash Shaarei Yosher Institute
Average room and board costs:
 $1,200

3. Rabbinical College of Ohr Shimon Yisroel
Average room and board costs: $1,400

4. Louisville Bible College
Average room and board costs:
 $1,460

5. Southeastern Baptist College
Average room and board costs:
 $1,600

6. Yeshivath Viznitz
Average room and board costs:
 $1,650

7. Yeshiva Shaar Hatorah
Average room and board costs:
$1,750

8. Yeshiva of Machzikai Hadas
Average room and board costs: $1,800

9. Summit Christian College
Average room and board costs:
$1,805

10. American Baptist College
Average room and board costs:
$2,000

11. New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
Average room and board costs:
$2,008

12. Kehilath Yakov Rabbinical Seminary
Average room and board costs: $2,200

13. Central Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim Lubavitz
Average room and board costs: 
$2,300

14. Universidad Teologica del Caribe
Average room and board costs: 
$2,400

15. School of Urban Missions
Average room and board costs: 
$2,400

16. Yeshiva Toras Chaim
Average room and board costs: 
$2,400

17. Talmudical Academy-New Jersey
Average room and board costs: 
$2,500

18. Cathedral Bible College
Average room and board costs: 
$2,500

19. Inter American University of Puerto Rico-San German
Average room and board costs: 
$2,500

20. W L Bonner College
Average room and board costs: 
$2,576

What do you do to pinch pennies as a student?

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Colleges with the Most Expensive Room and Board

If you thought paying for your college education was expensive, don’t forget that you have to add on your living expenses, as well–food, books, a place to sleep, keep your belongings, and take inventory of your mountain of Ramen Noodles.

Remember, tuition does not include what you’ll be hemorrhaging out to pay for the aforementioned. So even though every campus has a story about a guy who managed to live and sleep in the university’s library systems his entire senior year, you should try to avoid creating that reputation for yourself.  After all, libraries do not generally have showers. So on top of getting into trouble with university police you’l smell.

Plus, all college students need a bed to fall onto and a mini refrigerator to keep your Red Bulls cold. But if you’re looking to save money on room and board, these schools are probably not your best bet. That’s not to say that if your dream school’s on this list finding shelter at your price ranage will be impossible. You might just have to search harder for the deals and scholarships.

1. New York School of Interior Design
Average room and board costs: $20,500

2. The Boston Conservatory
Average room and board costs: $16,500

3. Berklee College of Music
Average room and board costs: $15,830

4. University of California-Berkeley
Average room and board costs: $15,317

5. The New School
Average room and board costs: $15,260

6. Suffolk University
Average room and board costs: $14,904

7. Ringling College of Art and Design
Average room and board costs: $14,840

8. American Jewish University
Average room and board costs: $14,792

9. Fordham University
Average room and board costs: $14,491

10. University of California-Santa Cruz
Average room and board costs: $14,171

11. School of the Museum of Fine Arts-Boston
Average room and board costs: $14,000

12. Manhattanville College
Average room and board costs: $13,920

13. St. John’s University-New York
Average room and board costs: 13900

14. University of California-Los Angeles
Average room and board costs: $13,743

15. Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Average room and board costs: $13,700

16. New York University
Average room and board costs: $13,510

17. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Average room and board costs: $13,500

18. School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Average room and board costs: $13,500

19. American University
Average room and board costs: $13,468

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