Make Checks Payable to Junior Year

Kelsey Williams

Upon telling someone that you are a junior, it is certainly a common occurrence for that older, wiser person, who has already suffered the torment of junior year, to respond: “Oh…Good luck.” Students unanimously conclude that junior year is the most rigorous and academically challenging year of your life. However, what you haven’t heard, but have maybe come to realize, is how expensive junior year is. Being a student is expensive at any age, but junior year brings extra tests and activities that hike up the costs. Mirador has outlined these junior activities that empty our wallets. Check it out:

This painful, four hour long test not only takes your time, but also your money. It is very common to take this test two, or even three times at $45 per attempt with additional fees of $23 if you register late or change your registration.

SAT II Subject Tests
Most colleges suggest submitting two extra subject tests along with the SAT I, but these aren’t required everywhere. However, they are often taken multiple times because they only take an hour. These cost $20 each.

It’s a fact: tutors are necessary at some point in high school, most frequently during junior year. Tutors are banking on any of the above tests and on difficult classes to bring in students who need extra help. Because tutors are aware of students’ desperation and parents’ willingness to ease their pain, prices have skyrocketed and tutor sessions can cost a fortune.

Advanced Placement Tests
When you sign up for an AP class, be prepared for extra work as well as a very long, expensive test in May. Each AP test costs $104!

Although students sometimes choose either the SAT or the ACT, many students take both tests, which adds up. This test is $47, including the writing section.

Junior Prom
A ticket to Prom costs $85. A dress/tux ranges anywhere from $20 to $500. And don’t forget about pictures, which cost $20-$70, and corsages, at about $20. That’s a lot of money for one classy night of fun.

College Touring
Juniors are forced to begin thinking about the colleges to which they may want to apply, and visiting potential schools is a common way to go about this. Although college tours are free, the process of planning and executing trips to local or across-the-country campuses can get expensive.

Chillin’ Costs
For the most part, by junior year everyone has his or her license, which is quite a costly freedom. Gas prices are constantly rising and when you want food, you have to pay for all you consume because your parents aren’t there to fund your constant hunger anymore. Bonus Cost: If you’re that lucky person who acts as your friends’ bank, then your “Chillin Costs” are doubled per friend.