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Calculate College Costs with the College Cost Forecaster

This calculator estimates the annual cost for your child to attend college at a certain time in the future, based on historical trends. It can also be used to help compare college costs. Costs include tuition, fees, room, and board. Not sure when you're child will be in college? Use the chart at the bottom of this page for assistance. And once you've calculated your future college costs, head to our college savings page to learn how you can start saving and planning for college costs.

 

Year
Year National Public 2-Year National Public 4-Year In-State National Public 4-Year Out-of-State National Private 4-Year
         
         
         
         

This tool is for your reference only. We do not store or share any information that you enter. Inflation is calculated by assuming a 3% increase in cost each year for tuition, fees, room, and board. This is only an estimate. Actual costs and rates of inflation may vary.

Source: The College Board, Annual Survey of Colleges

Use this chart to determine what years your child will be in college:

Age or Grade of Student During the 2019-20 Academic Year Freshman Year Sophomore Year Junior Year Senior Year
Age 0-1 2037 2038 2039 2040
Age 1-2 2036 2037 2038 2039
Age 2-3 2035 2036 2037 2038
Age 3-4 2034 2035 2036 2037
Age 4-5 2033 2034 2035 2036
Grade K 2032 2033 2034 2035

Grade 1

2031 2032 2033 2034
Grade 2 2030 2031 2032 2033
Grade 3 2029 2030 2031 2032
Grade 4 2028 2029 2030 2031
Grade 5 2027 2028 2029 2030
Grade 6 2026 2027 2028 2029
Grade 7 2025 2026 2027 2028
Grade 8 N/A 2025 2026 2027
Grade 9 N/A N/A 2025 2026
Grade 10 N/A N/A N/A 2025

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