Counselor Tools for Helping Students Understand Financial Aid

September 2017

Handout created for the 2017 National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) conference, with uAspire. The handout includes tips for counselors and links to helpful tools and resources on financial aid, net price calculators, financial aid award letters, and student loans.
Getting Past Sticker Shock: Helping Students Think About Paying for College

October 2015

Presentation at the 2015 National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) national conference. TICAS and uAspire provided an overview of resources on financial aid and student loans, including the updated College Scorecard, as well as recommendations for how to interpret and compare information from net price calculators and financial aid award letters.
Getting Past Sticker Shock (Handout): Helping Students Think About Paying for College

October 2015

Handout created for the 2015 National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) national conference, with uAspire. Includes tips for counselors and links to helpful tools and resources on financial aid, net price calculators, financial aid award letters, and student loans.
Counselor Tips, Tools, and New Resources for Helping Students Think About Paying for College

September 2014

Handout created with uAspire for the 2014 National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) conference. Includes tips for counselors and links to helpful tools and resources on financial aid, net price calculators, financial aid award letters, and student loans.
TICAS Endorses Bipartisan Net Price Calculator Improvement Act Introduced by Reps. Cummings, Issa, and Hinojosa

December 2013

Blog post on the bipartisan Net Price Calculator Improvement Act (HR 3694), introduced by Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Darrell Issa (R-CA), and Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX).
Making Cents of College Costs, Financial Aid and Net Price - A Student-Centered Perspective

September 2013

Presentation at the 2013 National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) conference. TICAS presented its research and recommendations on net price calculators and financial aid award letters, while counseling professionals from uAspire and Stuyvesant High School discussed their experiences using those tools with students and families and shared best practices for counselors.
Improved Guidance for Colleges on Net Price Calculators

April 2013

Blog post on the Department of Education's recent improvements to guidance for colleges, which - if followed - could help make net price calculators easier to find, use, and compare.
How are Net Price Calculators Adding Up, One Year Later?

October 2012

Presentation at the 2012 National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) conference. TICAS presented its new research on net price calculators, while college counselors from uAspire and Austin High School and the financial aid director at Stanford University discussed the student and college perspective on those online tools.
Tips for Using "Net Price Calculators"

March 2012

Consumer tips for how to find, use, and make the most of these new online tools.
Net Price Calculators as Financial Aid "Game Changers"

September 2011

Response to New York Times blog post on the potential usefulness of net price calculators.
Adding It All Up: An Early Look at Net Price Calculators

March 2011

We found mixed results for how easy net price calculators were to find, use, and understand, even among early adopters. This issue brief details our investigation's findings and offers recommendations for how colleges can make their calculators as helpful as possible for students and their families.
A First Look at Net Price Data

August 2010

Overview of the Department of Education's new net price data and the federal net price calculator requirement for colleges. This blog post includes an example of a net price calculator that displays cost estimates in a misleading way, making the college look more affordable than it likely will be.