One of the most important reasons we created MyCollegePrice was to help people discover new affordable options for college. Students might discover new schools\u00a0that they hadn't even heard of simply by looking at their list of college matches.\u00a0But, students and their families may also be overlooking great potential colleges\u00a0that they know about but think are just too expensive. This is a common issue with private colleges specifically, which tend to have higher\u00a0prices listed on their website. What many people don't realize is that a lot of\u00a0private colleges offer very generous institutional and merit scholarship packages\u00a0for many of the students they admit. Public and Private College Tuition Many students look at the "sticker price" of private colleges and decide not to\u00a0even apply because it seems too expensive. They might decide to attend a large public university that seem to be much more\u00a0affordable (especially if they are in-state), even though these colleges tend to\u00a0offer very few scholarships to even some of the best students. The truth is that\u00a0even though public colleges may appear to be cheaper than most private institutions,\u00a0it's likely that the student could have attended a private university for much cheaper\u00a0than the sticker price once they consider institutional scholarships and merit aid\u00a0that they qualify for. That's where MyCollegePrice comes in. With our cost calculator, it's simple for\u00a0students and their families to understand what their realistic cost of attendance\u00a0might be at any one of more than 1500 colleges and universities. In addition to\u00a0that, students can analyze each of their college matches and see how they would\u00a0fit in on that campus. Take this scenario for example: A male student living in Connecticut is looking at colleges. He has a GPA of 3.8\u00a0(unweighted) and an ACT score of 32. His parents are married and both work. They make $100,000 combined with $50,000\u00a0in assets. The student works a part time job and makes $5,000 with less than $2,500\u00a0in assets. Looking at two schools this student may consider, their websites would show a huge\u00a0difference in sticker prices: Wesleyan University: $61,024 University of Connecticut (in-state): $23,875 Now, if you only consider the sticker price of these two schools, clearly Wesleyan\u00a0is much more expensive -- nearly three times as much -- and out of the realistic\u00a0price range for most families (a total cost of nearly $250,000 over four years). But, the sticker price isn't the full story. In fact, if you put this student's\u00a0information into MyCollegePrice, it's clear that Wesleyan is not only a better academic\u00a0fit for this student, but also likely to cost almost the exact same amount\u00a0as UConn. Take a look at this screenshot, directly from this student's college match list: What does this show us? That Wesleyan University -- despite having a sticker price\u00a0of twice as much -- is likely to cost this student about the same. Despite the price\u00a0listed on its website, Wesleyan is actually one of the most affordable options for\u00a0this student in the state of Connecticut. Of course, there are other factors to consider when choosing a college besides simply\u00a0the costs (majors, campus size, etc), but this example isn't an uncommon one. It's\u00a0likely that most students could use MyCollegePrice to discover colleges that seem\u00a0too expensive but are really a great choice in terms of fit and price. So, what should students and families take away from this? That the "sticker price"\u00a0for schools is often irrelevant or even misleading. The net price is what will determine\u00a0how much the student actually pays, and how much debt they may incur to attend school.\u00a0MyCollegePrice can help figure out which schools are really the most affordable\u00a0options for you.