So our daughter is now a freshman at HWS. She was placed in a forced triple. A room built for two, but “forced” into three students sharing the room. No mention of this possibility during a campus visit. The school’s response is that they expect that spaces will open up so that they can “de-triple” in the next 3 months. If that doesn’t happen she will get a credit of $800 at the book store and first choice for housing next year.
Really. $62k price tag and that is the best offer. Do the math. Everyone pays the same amount for room…although Board (food) may vary depending on the plan you choose. So assume that the cost of the room is $1000 per semester, per room. The kids who get a double pay $500 a piece. Kids who get forced into a forced triple also pay $500 a piece. That is $1500 for the same room, i.e, a $500 profit for that room.
That is assuming that the cost of the room is only $1000 which we know it is not. The whole assumption that space will open up is based on an assumption of a high Freshman attrition rate. Which brings to mind, why do they assume such a high attrition rate? Buyer beware. Ask these questions before you choose HWS over any other LAC.
Why stop with a forced triple? Lets go for a forced quad. Maybe enough kids will drop out or get kicked out to make space in the next 3 months.