This is the week for many major Early Action (EA) and Early Decision (ED) college application outcomes, which will arrive in email inboxes and maybe even a few physical mailboxes. Some early applicants already have received their decisions, so those high school seniors and their parents are now pondering the consequences, both good and not so good, about the news. For the others, that news is on the way.
One of the most important aspects of making an enrollment decision concerns cost. The costs of a particular college are known. Tuition, room and board, student fees -- plus textbook and travel estimates -- are available on schools' websites. What is lesser (or completely) unknown is the cost of living for a particular college town or city.