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  •  Not to mention travel expenses (6+ / 0-)

    The cost of getting to and from campus on major holidays was absolutely a factor in where I decided to attend college.  Pretty much any school outside of reasonable driving distance (~6 hours) had to be crossed off because my parents couldn't afford several plane flights a year for getting to school in the fall, winter break, spring break, and then coming home in May for the summer.

    Oh, and I have a twin brother that many of you know here (mattc129), so multiply all expenses by 2.  Yikes.

    It is done. Four More Years.

    by mconvente on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 08:37:58 AM PDT

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    •  Absolutely (4+ / 0-)

      If you're a low income kid who doesn't care about seeing your family again, that's one thing, but if you have really strong family ties and are worried about looking after your younger siblings, it is a whole different dynamic.

      In many cases, it's probably the case that they should follow the airline instructions: place your own oxygen mask on first, before assisting others. If they can go away and graduate they'll probably be in a much better position to help the family in the long run than if they try to stay close and get distracted by helping with those issues. But that's a pretty hard sell to a responsible 17 year old.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 08:45:24 AM PDT

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    •  There's a private college I know of that (2+ / 0-)
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      Ian Reifowitz, happymisanthropy

      closes the dorms for practically every three day weekend.

      If you don't have family or friends in driving distance, you are paying for a flight or a hotel multiple times per year.

      Surprised me when I found out about it - mine practically demanded students stay through some of those holidays.

      Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

      by Cassandra Waites on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 11:37:26 AM PDT

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