Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Nearly 6,000 new students are now walking the campus at Binghamton University with mixed emotions.
"I just kind of missed the pace of everything. It's beautiful here so I'm really happy to be back," Emily D'Emic said. "I'm looking to bring up my GPA a little bit. Improve on my French a little bit, definitely be a little more academic minded. It's time to really hit the books."
Hitting the books has become more important as the cost of attending a four-year college or university increases.
According to the university's 2011-2012 records, more than 14,000 undergraduate students receive at least one form of financial assistance.
Roughly $30 million of federal and state funding is distributed across Binghamton University alone.
"I still have to take out loans to pay my tuition, so obviously it makes realize that I have to get my degree so I can pay it off when I get out of here," Elizabeth Jean said.
Jean made the decision to spend her first two years of higher education at a community college to save money.
"Tuition-wise I decided to go to community college and then come here first because you don't pay that much for two years, then you're only paying for two years here. It's better that way," Jean said.
After President Barack Obama's visit this past Friday, some say there's hope of seeing costs go down.That could make college more of an option for everyone.
According to the 2011-2012 school records, Binghamton University gives nearly $1.8 million in scholarships.