HARRISONBURG, Va.-- Many people who live in the Valley notice the sudden drop in population when exams are done and students head home.
Businesses in Harrisonburg and across the Valley rely on college students as an important source of income, but with summertime looming, many of those students are starting to disappear.
"If we get business or not, I still have to pay my employees and it's kind of hard you know, I have to pay rent, I have to pay bills, I have to keep going in business.," says Luis Castillo who is the owner of El Sol in Harrisonburg.
He says that students make up about 30 percent of his business.
He thinks the constant rise in food prices across the country coupled with the students leaving will add strain.
"For me, I think it's going to be hard, because the meat is going up, the vegetables are going up, and the students are not going to be here to eat a lot," added Castillo.
He said that it leaves him in a tough position. He doesn't want to raise his prices too high because he still needs customers.
"It is pretty hard because you cannot put the prices on the food really high, because of you do then they are not going to come in and eat," said Castillo.
Either way, Castillo loves what he does and even though the students will be gone for while, they always come back with business.
"It's going to be kind of slow at first but you have to hang in there,” Castillo said.