Tips for Parents
This is a biggie. Having a car on campus is very important to some students. Everyone's family circumstances differ. If you are exploring the possibility of your student having a car on campus, consider the following possible pros and cons:
- increases student's ability to get to an off-campus job or internship
- student is able to travel home more frequently and easily
- going into town to buy supplies or groceries is less of a hassle
- student can get away from campus to study or take a break
- opportunities to get involved in the community become more accessible
- the availability of parking
- cost of gas remains high
- student may travel home too frequently and lose out on campus experiences
- costs associated with car upkeep, including oil changes and maintenance, can eat into student's meager funds
- college students are considered "higher risk" drivers, therefore insurance rates may increase and strict regulations may be placed on them as drivers
- students who have cars are often pressured by students who don't to drive them places or loan out their car If the possibility exists for your student to have a car on campus, consider the pros and cons carefully. Many students go through their college years without a car on campus. Not having access to a car can help them learn to problem solve, be creative and explore public transportation in ways they never would have otherwise.
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