Off To College: How To Get There

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The following is one in a series of articles for students heading off to college.

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Over the coming weeks, millions of students will be performing an annual rite in that they’ll be heading off to college. Some will be making their initial trek while most will be returning to school with at least one year of moving experience under their belts. But it is that “move to college” which needs to be examined closer, because without a plan in place students may be faced with a big headache in just a few, short weeks.

Let’s take a look at some transportation options available to college bound students:

Personal Transportation – If you own or have access to personal transportation, then heading off to college probably won’t be a big deal for you – you’ll load up your car with your earthly goods and driver off. However, college freshmen be forewarned – many colleges do not permit first year students to have their car on campus in order to free up parking room for returning students. You may be able to get around this restriction by seeking a waiver or if you plan on living off campus.

Family Option – If you don’t have transportation of your own, then your family will likely be helping you move to college. FYI – If you plan on moving more stuff than what one minivan to can hold, then you may need to rent a truck or trailer to get your stuff there. Be prepared to secure your rental vehicle now because a lot of other students may be contacting Ryder or U-Haul to reserve transportation on the same date.

Ship It Instead – If you lack transportation, access to a car, or aren’t sure you want to haul everything off to college yourself, then consider shipping most of your goods instead. Contact your school to find out if you can send a container full of your personal stuff off to college and if they can store it until you arrive. This is a particularly good option for students who live on one coast and are planning to attend college thousands of miles away from their home.

Of course, one way to keep your college moving under control is to leave non-essential stuff at home. But try telling that to today’s technology embracing college students!

Adv. — Do you need financial aid for this semester? Have you exhausted all other options? If you answered yes to both questions, then visit your Sallie Mae lender for more information or call them directly at 866-530-9523.

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