By Rheid Wilson

The cost of living expenses almost kept Donte Fance, a 22-year old senior, from continuing his education at Western Michigan University,

Fance faced a problem many college students are presented with during their educational journey, the high cost of living. He described how the costs of books, transportation and food almost cut his education short. With the help of family and friends, he was able to pursue his dream of obtaining a degree.

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The estimated living expenses to attend WMU for the 2016-17 school year were $12,569, according to WMU’s website. This estimate includes housing, meals, books, travel and other expenses. This is in addition to tuition costs, which range from approximately $10,000 to $12,000.

Some students drop out of college because their financial aid goes toward tuition costs and there’s no money left for living expenses.  According to a recent study by The Wisconsin Hope Lab, 33 percent of colleges reported estimates that were too low for the actual costs of living expenses.

Fance was able to overcome these challenges and is graduating with a Film, Video and Media Studies degree this winter. Even though he faced uncertainty about staying, he felt that he belonged at WMU. “This is my hometown,” he said. “I felt like I was a Bronco already.”

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