Virtual Learning (and This Whole School Year) Might Be More Expensive Than You Expected—Here’s How to Manage Some of the Costs
School starts again in August and September every year, but in most places in the U.S., the school year for students of all ages looks a lot different in 2020 than it did last year. Some families are transitioning to all-remote or virtual learning, some are creating learning pods with trusted friends, some are sending their kids back to school in person, and others are trying to figure out some hybrid of all these options. In short: It’s going to be a tough school year.
Beyond the social and logistical issues of this school year, there’s another concern students and their families should be aware of: the financial costs of virtual learning. Private school attendees are already familiar with the costs of tuition and education, but public school families could also face added expenses associated with virtual learning and the loss of on-site school resources this year.
This could strain already tight budgets—we’re now in an economic recession, remember—and make it harder than ever for all students to get a good education and the learning support they need. Fortunately, families can take steps to lower the cost of virtual learning and the 2020 school year, whether the semester has already started or they’re preparing for the first day of school. Read on for ways to lower the costs of this school year.
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