The New York Times published a useful article that highlights the challenges facing families and students managing the costs of college.

Take note, that some schools are implementing mandatory meal plans not just for on campus students but also for off-campus students. These requirements benefit the institution and sometimes the student.  Families are encouraged to be alert to the extra costs that all add up and in many cases increase the cost of college.

Read more of the story below.  Meal Plan Costs Tick Upward as Students Pay for More Than Food