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Budget, Save for College Commuting Costs

Rules for 529 plans may prevent students from using college savings to pay for transportation.

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There are even solutions to some of those unexpected expenses. Goebel points out that "many campuses offer meal plans to commuting students at affordable prices."

No matter which decision families make, budgeting frugally and maintaining an awareness of all college costs will make for a better and cheaper college experience.

Trying to fund your education? Get tips and more in the U.S. News Paying for College center.