The online student news source of Lovejoy High School

The Red Ledger

The online student news source of Lovejoy High School

The Red Ledger

The online student news source of Lovejoy High School

The Red Ledger

Tests, t-shirts, and tickets: the cost of senior year

Being a senior isn’t cheap. Even though some senior expenses are optional, many students are willing to pay the cost of having a costly yet memorable senior year.

“Everything that we have to buy costs so much,” senior Kamie Lloyd said. “I am not the one paying for all of these things, my parents are. Even the little things are expensive, like the yearbook ads, the field trip to Six Flags, and cap and gown. I think it is really adding up over the year, and I feel bad that my parents are spending so much money on me this year.”

As it’s their last year in high school, many seniors feel they need to attend every event they can to get the most out of their high school experience.

“Gas money is a big problem because I am always driving to all of the school functions,” senior Lizzy Riley said. “I always want to be there to support all of the sports, so I end up driving to all of the football games, volleyball games, and other sports even though some are far away.”

The prices start adding up before the school year as senior pictures for the yearbook often take place the summer before a student’s senior year. However, several seniors want to have  more pictures taken.

“I am about to take my senior pictures soon which are really expensive,” senior Paige Eberhart said. “You usually have to pay a lot more money to get the best quality pictures.”

Another tradition that seniors usually do every year is make personalized senior shirts.

I feel like it is almost mandatory to get so many shirts in order to fit in with everyone, and I don’t want to miss out on anything

— Claire Becker

“If you are involved with a lot of activities senior year, you are pretty much buying a new t-shirt very frequently,” senior Claire Becker said. “This year alone, I have bought playoff shirts, cheerleading shirts, homecoming shirts, jungle shirts, senior shirts, and several other random shirts. I feel like it is almost mandatory to get so many shirts in order to fit in with everyone, and I don’t want to miss out on anything.”

More expenses of senior year are both Homecoming and Prom. One ticket to the Homecoming dance alone ranges from $20 to $40 every year while a ticket to Prom can range from $50 to $100. Other than purchasing the tickets to get into the dances, most students also have to pay for several other extra dance expenses.

“The most expensive thing I have had to buy for senior year so far has been Prom tickets,” senior Seth Comerford said.

The beginning of senior year is when students begin applying for college. College application fees usually cost around seventy-five dollars each, so this can add up for students that apply to several colleges. Sometimes, students decide to take SAT or ACT prep courses because it is usually required that students take either the ACT or SAT when applying for college.

The SAT and ACT usually costs fifty dollars apiece each time you take it.”

— Lizzy Riley

“The SAT and ACT usually costs fifty dollars apiece each time you take it,” Riley said. “I have taken these tests several times and also had a lot of prep for my tests. It got really expensive and takes up a lot of my time.”

Several students also try to get ahead in college by taking dual credit or AP classes

“Senior year is definitely the most important in my opinion,” senior Savana Hanson said. “Those of us that take AP classes have to pay for the AP tests, and the people that are taking dual credit classes have to pay for the actual class, and the books are at least one hundred dollars each. It is much more expensive than what we have had to pay for in the past.”

Some seniors decided to get a class ring as a keepsake of their time spent in high school.

“My class ring cost a lot of money,” senior Ryan James said. “I’m not sure exactly how much mine was because my parents didn’t tell me. I know that I got one of the least expensive ones, and I would say it was about three hundred dollars.”

Seniors have to pay for their cap and gown which is to be worn on the day of graduation. These cost around $50 to $100. It is also recommended for seniors to pay for thank you notes and graduation invitations.

“Senior year is hard because we are supposed to be saving money up for college,” senior Jacob Comerford said. “There is a lot of stuff from the high school that seniors are supposed to buy like cap and gown, graduation invitations, and things like that. Overall, senior year has definitely been the most expensive in high school.”


Leave a Comment
More to Discover
About the Contributors
Meghan Riddle, Staff Reporter
Meghan is a senior with a passion for reading maps and taking naps. Although she is new to the Red Ledger staff, she is excited to be a part of it. She participates in several extracurricular activities such as student council, NHS, and cheerleading. She also enjoys volunteering at Puster Elementary once a week at their afterschool program. On the weekends, Meghan is a big 5’4” outside hitter for the defending back to back PSA volleyball champions, the Lojo Rejects, and working at her nearby country club, she can be found earning the big bucks. She is strongly interested in 80s movies, especially Back to the Future, is a sucker for romantic comedies, and aspires to wake up as Serena Van der Woodsen someday. She is a poultrytarian which is a word she believes she made up. It means she is a very picky eater and doesn’t like most meat other than chicken or turkey, and she uses this fancy word to describe it to the people that ask if she is a vegetarian when she declines steak or hot dogs. However, she does have a strong love for bacon and pepperoni.  
Will Anderson, Graphics Editor
Will Anderson is the graphics editor on the Red Ledger staff. He is an active participant in technical theatre and orchestra. He is interested in attending the University of Texas at Austin to study psychology. Will is famed for his quick wit and mediocre puns. He enjoys his time with friends and living on his farm in the middle of nowhere. His mother is a teacher at the school who teaches AP Seminar and AP Research. He has 4 dogs, 3 cats, and an old horse (who is too small to ride). He has two brothers, one at UNT as a jazz major and one at UT for philosophy. Will has no idea what a person can do with philosophy, but he hopes it will work out for his brother. His graphics are not horrible, and he has been occasionally praised for them. He hopes to continue making graphics for the Red Ledger.

Comments (0)

The Red Ledger values the opinion of its readers and encourages them to discuss its content. All comments are subject to approval by The Red Ledger staff. The Red Ledger does not allow anonymous comments and requires a valid email address. The email address will not be displayed but will be used to confirm your comments. Comments are reviewed as often as possible. Comments with inappropriate content will not be published. Once submitted, comments become the property of The Red Ledger. To see our full Comment Policy, visit
All The Red Ledger Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *