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|Net-price Calculators: Determining College Costs
Starting in the fall of 2011, the federal government is requiring all U.S. colleges to include a tool called a net-price calculator on their websites. The goal of this new initiative is to make the financial aspect of attending college more transparent and to make it easier for families to compare the cost of attending one institution over another.
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Posts about Paying For College
According to the College Board's 2010 “Trends in College Pricing” and “Trends in Student Aid” reports, fast-rising tuition costs have been accompanied by a huge increase in financial aid, which helped keep down the actual amount students and families pay. For more information, see the New York Times Article, and the College Board's Trends in Higher Education website.
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The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, passed in August of that year, requires colleges to provide a 'Net Price Calculator' on their websites by October 29, 2011. What this means for families of students applying to college, is that they will now have the ability to determine the actual cost a student will incur if they decide to attend a specific college. Whereas in the past, many families would just consider the "sticker price," the published cost of tuition, fees, books, housing, etc., now they should have a more realistic idea of what they will actually have to pay for college, after all aid has been calculated into the price.
Admissions Officers from Eight Top Colleges Discuss and Demystify the College Admissions Process
Two new programs recently enacted by the Federal Department of Education provide needed relief to those who borrowed for their college educations but are having difficulty repaying their loans.
Saving for college is a necessary, but scary responsibility. This is especially true in these tough economic times. Most experts agree though, on the most important elements of a successful plan:
A recent article in the Shreveport Times reported that over the past year, 92% of college students used a credit card to pay for education-related expenses such as textbooks. The survey, conducted by Sallie Mae, the student lender, indicated the use of credit cards to pay for education-related expenses rose 7% from 2004 to 2009.