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CU freshmen opting to live at home in downturn

BOULDER, Colorado – More college freshmen are trying to save money by living at home instead of in dorms this fall.

At the University of Colorado in Boulder, school officials say requests to live with parents have spiked from 71 last year to 99 this year. Freshmen at the school are required to live in dorms and must seek school permission for a waiver to stay home.

At Colorado State University, about 200 incoming students from the Fort Collins area have requested to live at home. That’s about the same as last year.

CU housing officials say the increase in commuting freshmen is caused by the recession.

“We have noticed this year that more students are petitioning or requesting to live at home and commute to campus because of economic reasons,” said Ken Kucera, an assistant director for the housing department.

Students who live in the dorms and eat in campus dining halls will pay $10,378 next year for room and board. That’s more than in-state tuition for most undergraduate programs.

One CU parent, Phyllis Antonucci, said she seriously considered having her freshman daughter commute 25 miles to campus and live at home in the fall. But she relented when her daughter, Tammy Antonucci, pressed for more independence.

“It’s still close enough to home, but far enough away that I’ll be on my own,” Tammy Antonucci said.

Housing officials at CU saw another economy-driven trend this spring among upperclassmen: The number of students applying to be resident advisers and in-house academic support residents increased 30 percent over the year before.

The increased interest mirrors a trend at colleges across the country, as more students compete for jobs that provide free room and board.

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