How I Saved For My Student Loans by Camping on Campus

It’s cheaper to pitch a tent outside the admininistration building than pay for a dorm.

Photo by Josh Giron

Stairwells Don’t Cost Rent

Before my final semester even started, I had decided to spend it without a dorm. I wasn’t particularly broke, mentally ill, or relishing the thought of sleeping on concrete. I simply didn’t want to add another $5,000 to my $100,000 in student debt. Especially when I had friends with couches and knew my way around that campus better than the police who work there.

My Campus Alarm Cop

According to StudentLoans.net, the average debt per student was $31,333 in 2017. FAU’s website estimates that an undergraduate living on campus would spend $23,246 in a school year, and that’s in-state tuition. Out-of-state is $37,246. FAU almost and does overtake that average debt in one year.

A journalist, photographer, designer and traveler, Andrew has hitchhiked over 2,500 miles and written on extreme budget travelling, homelessness, and more.

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