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NBC News: School Meal Plans Convenient, Costly ... and Sometimes Required

By Anya Alexander Aug. 26, 2015

Students typically worry about the "freshman 15," but eating at college also can make some things lighter — such as your bank account, reports NBC News.com. In a recent article, reporter Martha White, explains the challenge around college meal plan options and what students are doing to combat the rising cost.  

She writes, “Most schools require freshmen living on campus to sign up for a meal plan, and some reserve more stripped-down — and budget-friendly — plans that call for two meals a day instead of three for upperclassmen. Those plans vary by school and by plan, but an unlimited meal plan or one with lots of off-campus options could easily cost a student several thousand dollars a year.” Continue reading.