How to Use Net Price Calculators and What To Do If You Can’t Afford It

I’ve shown you how to narrow your school list, what to consider in choosing colleges based on money, and how to prepare for college. My goal is to help you maximize your opportunity and target your efforts strategically.


How to Use Net Price Calculators and What To Do If You Can’t Afford It


Now that you have a shorter list of colleges to work with, I’m going to show you how to use the Net Price Calculators (NPC) on the colleges’ website. 

First, you need to gather financial information in advance of using these calculators. The more info you input into the NPC, the more accurate your tuition price quote will be.

Then, you can take this information back to your family to confirm their ability to help you pay for your cost of attendance, and what it might cost you personally in terms of loans after college. 

 To use these (and other) Net Price Calculators, gather the following information in advance:

Adjusted Gross Income (AGI)
Income losses
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