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The Cost of Being a Senior Hawk

See how the expenses of senior year add up.

Public school students may not pay tuition, but that doesn't mean they and their families get off cheap. Here's a snapshot of some of the expenses associated with senior year. We spoke with senior —also a —who helped us with these numbers.

$125: fee to play a sport (it's higher for hockey and, as one of our readers pointed out, there's a $375 cap per family)

$75: yearbook cost

$80: senior prom tickets (and, of course, add a couple hundred on top of that for a tux or dress, limo and flowers)

$450: lunch money for the year ($2.50 multiplied by 180 days)

$20: estimated cost of pencils, pens and notebooks for the year

$20: cap and gown

$10: class t-shirt

So, if you're a Class of 2012 Scarlet Hawk who eats school lunch every day, plays a sport, attends prom, buys a yearbook, uses writing utensils and paper, and graduates, you're looking at spending a minimum of $780 this year. If you're not a prom-dress bargain shopper and don't have a tux handy, you're looking at closer to $1,000.

Leslie Jacobs September 15, 2011 at 02:00 PM
Senior Yearbook Pictures
Danielle Horn September 15, 2011 at 02:24 PM
Ahh, yes! Are those taken this year? What's the range for those, Leslie?
Michelle Garber September 15, 2011 at 02:41 PM
Yearbook pictures can go from $200-$2,000 (I was shocked when we had our consultation last year), and the sports fee is per sport, not per year ($375 max per family)
Cindi Kearns September 15, 2011 at 02:50 PM
We do Senior portraits all the time at the studio at Target. The prices are very reasonable. Check it out at targetportraits.com.
Leslie Jacobs September 15, 2011 at 10:50 PM
Also let us not forget... Registration fees for SAT, ACT's... $49,00 each time you take it Applications fees for College Applications... varies but again expensive

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