I have three kids going in bam bam bam, following each other. The first is there. I'm a bit confused on one particular issue. One bill is for the dorm. That portion is being paid via work study, which means she works for them and they keep the check and apply it to the bill at the end of the semester, then she owes the remainder or gets the difference, depending on how much she worked. However, the bill is THERE and says that for every thirty days it isn't paid, 18.5% is added to the bill. I feel pretty dumb now and bad for her, if this is really how it works with this like the letter says. I plan on advising her to call and ask about this, but is this common practice for the bill to grow like that in the program? At the least, she'll find out and we'll be better prepared next time around. We sure are running into a lot of surprises! Is this just normal stuff that people know and we just didn't? The cost itself is not too shabby for what they get in return (decent lodging, security, internet access, meal program) but the letter came as a shock.