While there is a lot of focus on the rising cost of tuition and financial aid for those graduating high school soon, there is also another aspect of college finances that you should be thinking about as soon as possible.
Resources as financial aid, loans, and scholarships are meant to cover the costs of tuition, books, and even boarding, but you would be remiss if you neglected the cost of basic living needs during the upcoming school years.
Many students are ecstatic about the possibilities of filling their dorm rooms or apartments with brand new stuff. But parents may not share this excitement, especially when trying to pay for college at the same time. If your child is going to attend college in the near future, click on the slideshow to see how you can financially prepare, with frugality in mind.