Comparing College Costs with Net Price Calculators

The US Department of Education now requires every college that offers federal financial aid to post a “net price calculator” on its website, according to The New York Times article, “Clarity and Confusion From Tuition Calculators,” by Richard Pérez-Peña. The goal is for each school to provide an estimate of the cost of tuition, books, and room and board, subtracting the amount of aid, grants, and scholarships applicable to each student, based on need and merit.

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