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College Cost Calculator

Use this college cost calculator when you receive financial aid offers to compare the aid you receive and determine your estimated college costs and balance due at each prospective college. Final costs for your selected college will be determined at the time your bill is issued, typically in June or July.

  • College Name
  • Annual Costs
  • Tuition & Fees
  • Room and Board
  • Books & Supplies
  • Transportation
  • Health Insurance
  • Other Costs:
  • Annual Gift Aid
  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal SEOG
  • State Grant/Scholarships
  • College Grants/Scholarships
  • Outside/Private Scholarships
  • Student Loans
  • Federal Direct Subsidized Loan
  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
  • School-Specific Student Loan
  • Other Resources
  • Other Resources:
  • Total Annual Costs
  • Total Annual Gift Aid
  • Total Student Loans
  • Total Other Resources
  • Remaining Cost
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  • Work-Study: Work-study is money set aside for you to earn in a part-time job on or near campus. Your work-study will be paid to you throughout the year in paycheck form and can help pay for your college expenses, but the total amount will not be credited on your college bill. You can learn more about work-study here.

  • Federal PLUS Loan:  If you received a Federal PLUS Loan on your financial aid offer, consider it as merely a suggestion from the financial aid office. Your parent will still need to apply for this loan and pass a credit check to borrow any amount. The PLUS Loan origination fee and interest rate may be higher than other private loans.

  • Private Loans: If you are considering borrowing a private loan to cover a portion of your remaining cost, use our Loan Payment Calculator to estimate your future monthly payment and total loan cost.

  • Paying the College Bill: Remember, your family will need to cover your remaining cost at the college you choose every year for four years (or more). Keep a four-year plan in mind as you make your college selection. For guidance in paying your college bill, which will arrive sometime this summer, view our webpage here.

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