The Real Cost of Applying to College

By Mary Lowengard - 2011-10-04T21:32:01Z

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School Visits

A college road trip beats a virtual online tour, though you can do that, too.

$3,210: Take three trips -- each a four-day, four-night tour -- of colleges on your list to upstate New York, Boston and Pennsylvania from New Jersey. Includes gas, tolls, hotels, meals and souvenirs such as a Lehigh Champion Full Zip Hoodie ($50).

$2,424: Bus tour of Midwestern schools -- Midwest Campus Tours: Go West! tour includes Grinnell College, Illinois Wesleyan University, Saint Louis University. The trip takes three days and includes hotel and meals.

Tally: $23,938