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Published August 21, 2010, 03:38 PM

With rising tuition costs, students arrive with a more definitive plan

With a struggling job market across the country and rising tuition costs, some families are working together to shape a plan for the new student. Showing up and hoping all works out just doesn't cut it anymore.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Its tradition. When incoming freshman need help hauling luggage to their dorm rooms, the president is there. NDSU President Dean Bresciani is carrying on that tradition. He helped move students into Weible Hall.

The school has dozens of "moving crew" members at every residence hall to help the process go quicker. Bresciani joined the crew and got quite a reaction when new students found out the president was hauling their heavy items to the third floor!

“It's pretty funny because people will say yeah room 236 then someone will say you know that's the president, whoa! But that's the fun part, is being part of helping everybody move in and maybe throwing in some surprises to there first day on campus.”

We hear Bresciani was no fluff on the job either. He didn't like the standing around part, instead, jumped at every moment someone dropped off a load of supplies. With a struggling job market across the country and rising tuition costs, some families are working together to shape a plan for the new student. Showing up and hoping all works out just doesn't cut it anymore.

Move in day. New place, new faces, and a chance for young adults to live however they choose.

"I want to see how I can live on my own."

Bonnie Halls is helping her 2nd daughter Beth move into her dorm. Beth is a Freshman from Rugby, North Dakota.

"I wanted to go to school so it was closer to home."

Beth says she's going to be a Veterinarian Technician, and plans on living a balanced life between college fun and dorm room studying.

"I've assured them that they need to remember to chill a little bit and have some good times too, not all studying."

Bonnie says the two of them made a plan to make sure school is a smooth ride, today and after graduation. Beth earned a couple of college credits in high school. She's applied and received federal and state grants and scholarships and they drew up a monthly budget, all to be prepared for what's to come.

"I wanted college for the girls and it’s worked out and if the grants and whatever doesn't cover it tom and I will."

As President Dean Bresciani helped move students in, he shed some light on how to keep college costs to a minimum. His advice is to live within your means, don't take out more in student loans than you have to and most importantly finish in four years."

"I’ve always managed school pretty good and like I’m excited for school."

They are excited today and confident about the future all due to a little preparation. Night classes at NDSU start Monday. The regular schedule begins Tuesday.

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