Will it be an inconvenience for the family if your college student takes the car to school with them? If this car is ultimately owned by the college student then the answer is no, but if the parents are in ownership you may want to consider if the family will need the car more than the college student.
How responsible is your college student? This is a huge thing to consider, if you know that your child may be irresponsible and make poor judgement while having access to a car at school, then you may want to restrict them bringing a car that first year so they can get accustomed to college life first.
Will your college student hold a job on or off campus? If yes to an off campus job, then the use of having quick access to a car may be a safer option for them, depending upon the location of their job as it pertains to the college campus. Taking into consideration your student’s job they hold while at college may help decide to let them take a car to school or not. For example, my daughter lives in a college town where there is very limited public transportation. I feel safer knowing that she has her own vehicle to get to and from work at her part time job.
Does the college allow students bring their cars? Usually first year students are not allowed to have a car brought with them to college. This would be a campus rule that has to be followed regardless of whether you want your child to have access to a car at school or not. Research the rules pertaining to whether first year college students can bring their car to school or not.
These are just some of the questions to think about when the debate of whether your college student should bring their car to school or not. The biggest concern for many colleges, when it comes to students bringing their cars on campus, is that most college students overwork themselves and having an exhausted college student driving the roads isn’t safe. When discussing this topic with your soon to be college student try to think of all pros and cons involved and come to a reasonable decision based on your own family’s comfort level.
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