NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — For seniors at Herbert H. Lehman High School, who are getting ready for prom, things are pretty tight – and we don’t just mean the dresses.

“I’ve seen, as a senior adviser, a lower turnout than in years past,” Kelly Moss said.

1010 WINS’ Alice Stockton-Rossini reports: Prom…Is It Worth The Cost?

Last year, 400 students attended the year-end ball; this year the number has gone down to 225.

“The economy is definitely, I think, affecting the amount of students that are able to go to prom,” Moss said.

One student saved up money by working at Burger King to pay for two proms. The final bill was steep.

She ended up spending over $700 to pay for tickets to her and her boyfriend’s prom, two limos, a dress, an after prom dress, hair and make-up.

“I could use this money for a car, and I didn’t, and now I’m taking the bus,” she said.

Girls aren’t the only ones digging deep.

“We have to pay for our date, on top of that you have the tux, you have the corsage, the limo — of course,” said a male student who is also working at Burger King to pay his way to prom.

The bank of mom and dad is not the main source of funding anymore for many students. With many out of work or jobs paying considerably less some teens are reluctant to ask their parents for prom money.

“I just feel like it’s a waste,” another student said. “I feel like I could do a lot better stuff than go to prom.”

Other students are finding ways to save including doing their own hair and nails. One girl said she would ditch the traditional prom dress for a pair of slacks, a dress-up shirt and a vest.

Moss said some are skipping prom all together and instead opting to attend the after-party.

“The prom tickets are $130, the after party is $65 so for a lot of students who can’t afford to do the prom or both they at least will get the opportunity to be with their friends,” she said.

Did you go to your prom? Do you think it’s worth the money? Let us know below…

Comments (7)
  1. masfuete 2011 says:

    everything in general this year has been soo unorganized , im a senior and non of the colleges i applied to have goten my paper work because the school has not sent it out. ive complained and complained over and over an ive goten nothing out of it. As far as prom goes im taking a limo with 13 people each of us agreed by contract to pay about 130.00 yes prom is expensive. personaly ive paid over 1,000.00 in fees for senior year.

  2. Karen Jashinsky says:

    Prom Doesn’t have to be so expensive! Some students out here in So Cal have been getting fit for prom and saving money as they buy stuff too! It has been a great way to send a positive message but also help them save money!!

  3. Dale Auburn says:

    Maybe all of them should just ditch the prom itself and stick with the after-party.

  4. Marion Nigro says:

    back in the day…….60’s – our school didn’t have a prom Instead on the night of graduation – the parents of the senior class gave us an extravangant dance in the gym. They spent the year planning – construction, parents were waiters and chefs – it was not formal – guys wore – sports jackets and gals wore sunday go to church dresses. after the dance – each parent was assigned
    to giving anfter party. The expense was really on the parents and they could spend what was appropriate. also the kids have something to do on graduation night. much more sensible.

  5. Matasha Allen says:

    When I went to prom, our tickets were only $15 each. Our prom was held on a boat. There was no after-party. Our class had several fundraisers leading up to the prom to cut down on costs. My date and I were both employed. My family helped pay for my dress but I had friends who were able to find dresses in consignment shops or borrow a dress from a friend. Some of the guys wore suits instead of getting a tux. My date borrowed his aunt’s car and we went out to eat before prom (no food was served at the prom). When prom was over, people who still felt like partying either went to someone’s house, a hotel, or hung out at Waffle House. You should not have to miss prom because of finances. There are ways to cut corners.

  6. nyc says:

    Why is it so expensive ? There should be some funding to help the kids that can’t afford the expensises ! Start a fund drive ! I am sure people or business’s would contribute . Sounds like a tax deduction to me.

  7. Soap says:

    Invest or use the money for something constructive. US is all business and this is another trap. Buy a new car or something useful. There is always time to party later.

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