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@glido wrote:For our first 2 kiddos, we paid the housing deposit for their safety schools (In-State Flagship) to ensure they would get housing. (We did not want them hunting for apartments near campus in May.) The University did not have housing for every freshman. Neither went to that university, so we ate the deposit, but saw it as insurance. We were fortunate in that we could afford it. It doesn't seem fair to families in which money is tighter.