I'm an illinois resident, a little more then an hour northwest of the city. I come from a city with a mean yearly income of 47,871. Thats about what my mother made before she got married and moved to Michigan with a man she'd been dating for a few years who made twice that. She intended on helping with my school, which is out of state since i go to the University of Iowa. It's expensive, but i know that...with the little help from the family and student loans it shouldn't be too bad.
My dad makes about 70 a year but he also supports 5 other people in his house.
My moms husband turned out to be a real creep, wouldn't help with my education and was verbally abusive, and really outright odd, towards my mother. She has moved back to illinois, but is now out of work, has no home (she sold hers).
So essentially, the costs i incur for school are out of my pocket in one way or the other. I work while at school, i take out loans, i work while school is out of session. In fact i've held a job since i was 15...i haven't been without a job for 6 1/2 years, yay me...right so...
My two roommates are also from illinois, they come from a town with a mean yearly income of $88,828...double. Their parents are both married, one of my roommates father was particularly successful and has retired by 50 and now travels with his wife.
I've grown up with a lot less then most my friends but much more then many other people. I don't hold a families monetary status against them. After all, i'm at school so one day i can have kids who were better off then i, that is the goal in life isn't it?
My roommates do not pay for anything, tuition, food, rent, not even the booze they buy on the weekends. It all goes on the credit cards. Again this doesn't bother me, hell sometimes i benefit from it as well.
So we have a year long lease that goes through July. School is out April 25th. I pay $500 a month to live here. May June July, 3 months...$1500. I have a jbo in illinois, a few actually. I am going to go to summer school in illinois, it's cheaper and allows me to work. I have a girlfriend (of 6 years) in illinois. I'm not staying in Iowa City.
Solution? Sublease...find someone who needs a place in Iowa City for 3 months, they pay my rent, they stay in my room...problem solved. Except, my roommates are stonewalling that effort. They have to sign a form agreeing to me subleasing. They are goign home too, but because they can afford it they are just going to use this house to store their stuff over the summer until they move in to their new place before next school year.
To me $1500 is going to be roughly a summers work (assuming i'm taking 3 summer classes). To me $1500 is half of the summer school, it is rent for next year, it is hard earned busting my own ass money. To them, it is nothing.
I've decided i'm going to call their mothers and talk to them...since they are the ones paying for this i feel it should be their decision if i can sublease or not.