The hidden risk in off-campus housing costs

August 30, 2019 | The Hechinger Report

Expenses have been rising for college students across the board — costs for tuition, fees, campus housing, even dining are growing faster than inflation.  Only one expense — off-campus housing — is outside the control of colleges and universities, and the data suggest that cost problem is growing worse over time, adding to already-soaring student debt loads.

Between 2000 and 2017, room and board costs for students living off campus rose 24 percent at public four-year universities after inflation, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics analyzed by The Hechinger Report.

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