Beautiful landscapes, bountiful industry, and storied history fill the Northeastern region of the United States. It is an area chock-full of well-known colleges and universities, and the following Hidden Gems deserve some of that attention. For the purposes of this list, we've included the following states in the Northeast: ME, NH. 6 Sep Missy Antonio is a year-old full-time mother who balances taking care of her toddler son and 8-year-old daughter with studying for a college degree. Her husband works long hours, so Antonio is often solo chasing after her not-yet 2- year-old from the wee hours of the morning, and getting her daughter off. You've calculated tuition costs, figured in room, board and books. You've even checked out scholarships and grants, filled out the FAFSA and budgeted for day- to-day expenses like groceries and laundry money. You've covered all your financial bases. Yet even with careful planning, you may encounter college costs that.