When you're in high school, people are contantly telling you about how college is expensive and to be grateful that you don't have to pay for much. At the same time, when you're in high school you're so ready for college that all negative talk goes in one ear and out the other. Once you get into college though, it's a different story. Even when you live in the dorm and are on a meal plan where you have three or more meals available to you, college is still expensive. Before you even are allowed to start classes, you have to pay for tuition, room and board, meals, books, and any other finances they can take out of you. By the time your first class starts, you're already out of money, but that's not acceptable. There is still the social side of college. You have friend's birthday parties to throw, dates to go on, parties to attend, shopping to do, the list goes on and on. Now many would say that the simple solution is to just get a job, but life is never that simple. Sometimes it is the lack of a car that prohibits you from getting a job. Other times it's the amount of classes and homework professors bind you with. Maybe it's the lack of jobs available, especially with the declining economoy. Whatever the case may be, getting a job is not the answer to all college financial issues. There really isn't an answer. Unfortunately, unless you're wealthy or have a four-year full ride scholarship to any college you want, college is going to be expensive. The idea of the "broke college student" is not an idea, it's a reality. I wish that college could just be paid for and that money could be used for other things in life. To all the expensive colleges and universities out there, believe it or not, students do have other things that have to be paid for, and not every one is welathy.