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October 18th, 2022 at 03:27 am

We did a $80 grocery run when we dropped off MM(19) at college.  After the first 30 days, his credit card cycle closed with $70 in grocery costs.  Will see how it shakes out during the next few months.  But I would be happy to keep it at $200/month or lower.  This sounds like it might work out.   

CA state funding came through and I have a better idea of real tuition costs this year.  First, the state is raising middle class funding over the next few years.  I've heard our $2K grant would probably go up to $3K this year.  It ended up being $3,400.  Woohoo!  & might be more next year?

Even better, the CA money is now showing up for all 4 years.  Initially he had so many credits they labeled him as a sophomore last year and only was showing 3 years of grants.  I am sure that was probably right.  Some majors can get out in 2-3 years if you start with a lot of credits.  But that's just not going to be the case for his engineering degree.  So I don't know what to think, but now it's showing up for all 4 years.  So that's +$3K I really was not expecting.

We've whittled the cost of MM(19)'s degree (tuition) down to $14,500. 

Edit:  MM and his girlfriend are each cooking a meal once a week, and then leftovers are carrying them through.  It sounds like girlfriend may be doing even more cooking/baking (she loves to cook) and I think I will try to buy her a grocery gift card for Christmas.  She just refuses money (any time we have offered her reimbursements for gas, food, anything).  So I am trying to figure out how to put some money back in her pocket. 

& I mean, that's just the big food effort.  MM(19) loves baked potatoes (cheap/easy) and told us he was buying some frozen meals.  If he went straight from home to college/apartment, I would not expect that at all.  But I guess he can tolerate some of the frozen meals when the alternative is (terrible/expensive) campus food.  It's all relative.

3 Responses to “College Updates”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    That's good news as far as more grant money! Yay! And engineering! Even better! Glad you got good news and hope it continues! You all have worked so hard!

  2. crazyliblady Says:

    $70 for one month of groceries is not bad at all. Is he living on or off campus? I have heard college students say that it is much cheaper to live off campus because they don't have to have the meal plan that they do when living in the dorm. And off campus you get more choice in what you eat.

  3. MonkeyMama Says:

    @rob - thank you for the nice words.

    @crazyliblady - It was $150 for the month (with what we bought him to start), but I don't know how much was a little extra with the first grocery run. I can't remember what we bought but for a big bag of rice (that should last a while). Might have been other things like that.

    He lives on campus, but he has a kitchen/apartment and is not buying campus food. The campus food was terrible and they really price gouged the freshman (forced to buy meal plans). Which seems to be a vicious cycle where no one else buys the campus food. If you aren't forced, you won't spend 2-3x as much for bad food. He is *very* happy to be able to cook his own meals this year and eat much better food.

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