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Senior Year: Most Important or Most Expensive?

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Alexia Parisi
The highlighted expenses of senior year, listed in order of most to least costly.

Senior year in high school marks a significant milestone in the lives of students. It’s a time filled with memorable experiences, from prom and homecoming to graduation ceremonies and college preparations. However, amidst the excitement and anticipation, there’s an often overlooked aspect that can cause stress and strain on both students and their families: the expenses associated with senior year.

“I feel that senior year can bring numerous unexpected costs that go beyond just the basic school expenses,” shared Senior Charisma Duggal.

Homecoming Expenses:
Homecoming, another cherished tradition, also comes with its own set of expenses. While the attire might not be as extravagant as prom, a cheap dress for the occasion can still cost around $60 or more. Add in the ticket prices, which are usually about $20 and now a person has spent $80 already.

Prom Expenses:
One of the most anticipated events of senior year is undoubtedly prom. From the elegant attire to the glamorous venue, prom night is a highlight for many. However, the costs can quickly add up. The prom dress alone can range from $200 to $700 or more, with tickets often costing around $25 per person. For instance, a $375 prom dress plus tickets can easily cost a significant amount.

“Prom costs can quickly increase with fees for tickets, formal wear, and special services like hair and makeup,” added Duggal.

Graduation Expenses:
As seniors prepare to bid farewell to high school, there are expenses associated with graduation ceremonies as well. This includes the cost of a graduation dress, typically around $50, and the required cap and gown, which is set to be around $75.

College Preparations:
For many seniors, the journey doesn’t end with high school graduation; it’s just the beginning. College applications come with their own set of fees, which can range from $30 to $75 per application. Additionally, sending SAT scores to colleges typically incurs an additional fee of around $15 per score report. Not to mention all the purchases made to prepare a dorm room.

Senior Memorabilia:
Capturing memories of senior year is important, which often involves expenses for senior pictures, sports pictures, senior banners, and yearbooks. A photo session for senior pictures may cost around $75, and the expenses for printed pictures can vary depending on the package chosen. Sports fees, including pictures and senior banners, can amount to around $110-$200, with the banner being $110 on its own. Yearbooks, a cherished keepsake, can cost around $80.

College Visits:
For seniors considering further education, visiting potential colleges is a crucial step in the decision-making process. However, these visits come with expenses, including gas, meals, and accommodation. On average, a single college visit can cost anywhere from $750 to $800, depending on the distance and duration of the trip.

As seniors embark on their final year of high school, it’s essential to be mindful of the financial commitments that come with it. From prom and homecoming to college applications and graduation expenses, the costs can quickly accumulate. On average, families are to spend around $2,000 in senior year. Planning and budgeting for these expenses ahead of time can help alleviate some of the financial burdens associated with senior year, allowing students and their families to focus on enjoying these memorable moments to the fullest.

 

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Alexia Parisi
Alexia Parisi, Editor
Lexi is a Senior and is an active member of the Varsity Tennis team. This is her third semester in Journalism and plans on going to school for Journalism and PR next year.
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