Publication | March 20, 2012

Tips for Using “Net Price Calculators”

Since October 29, 2011, almost all U.S. colleges and universities are required to have “net price calculators” on their websites. These calculators can make it much easier to start figuring out which colleges you might be able to afford. They provide early, individualized estimates of what a specific college will cost after grants and scholarships: the net price is what you might have to earn, save, or borrow to go to that school. These new tools can help you move beyond often scary “sticker prices” and discover that your dream school may be more (or less) affordable than you thought – before you have to decide where to apply.

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