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On-Campus vs. Off-Campus College Living: Which Is Cheaper?

Our daughter will be heading off to college in about six months and we are trying to determine her likely budget and what it will cost both her and us. Does anyone know if it is cheaper to live on-campus or off-campus at most state universities? It seems that the on-campus costs are set when it comes to campus housing/dorms and meal plans. I feel like we would have more control over these costs if she lived off-campus. She'd have more options for cheaper housing and keeping food costs lower. Have any other parents or college students found this to be true? She will have a car so transportation costs will be about the same no matter where she lives. Are there any other costs we need to consider to effectively compare on-campus vs. off-campus living? Thanks so much.
Kim

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Getting Elderly Mom to the Doctor's Office

My mom is in her 80s and doesn't drive anymore. She uses a wheelchair and needs help getting to her various doctor's appointments. I can't afford to take a half a day off every time she has an appointment. She's tried some 'senior transport' services but doesn't really like them. A friend suggested I find a college student who would like to make some money. Does anyone have any suggestions for me?
Deena

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