non meal plan food
This is a gray area. There's no way a school is going to include in its COA the cost of off-campus meals that are excessive. Perhaps the cost of pizza out with friends on a Friday night is somehow figured in, but if a student spends Friday night thru Sunday night eating at the various town's restaurants, those costs have not been figured in.
OSU estimates "Personal Expenses" to be $2452. That may sound like a lot, but it's about $60 a week. And, that's not just for off-campus eating....that's for day to day expenses, sodas from the vending machine, Starbucks coffee, clothing, shoes, movies, entertainment, dates, etc, and everything else a college student spends money on.