My name is Carola and I’m a foreign student studying at Pratt from Australia. Being thousands of kilometers away means that I have to sustain myself here. College affordability for me means having enough money to be flexible and make the most of my experience living in New York. Most importantly this means being able to deal with unexpected expenses such as losing an important item, getting sick or taking a cab home when it does not feel safe to catch the public transport. With the cost of art supplies, textbooks and the basic cost of living so high it can feel like you have very little flexibility and even the smaller expenses can easily lead to a lot of anxiety about being able to make ends meet.