Forget about just charging you tuition and fees.
One of the new ways colleges and universities are making money off students is by charging for a host of previously things that didn’t cost money – like academic fieldwork, research projects and internships.
Conducting such research and academic work could costs hundreds or even thousands of dollars. And doing internships at many colleges now requires students to pay their school a fee for this privilege – a big switch from internship requirements of a generation ago.
In short, institutions of higher education are increasingly hunting for ways to generate revenue. As a result, various activities that were previously included as a part of the college experience have now become money-makers for many schools.