Location, location, location
Living close to campus can eliminate the need for boarding fees for students with other responsibilities such as work and family. This can be a tremendous cost-saver. Travel expenses to and from school for college breaks, home visits and parental visits are also worth considering.
Some students fare better if they visit their homes more frequently than just during standard school breaks.
Location benefits extend beyond getting there and back. Sprawling campuses offer contained living that reduces the need for a car. Plus, a larger campus may also promote a thriving college athletics program. If face-painting and wearing school colors with pride for four years are part of the college equation, then a larger state school may fit the bill.
"The more fanatical the fans, the more likely the state university pedigree will open doors, personally and professionally," says McKeon.