College Costs: Net Price vs. Sticker Price

Graphic shows that a college's net price is calculated by subtracting gift aid - scholarships and grants - from the total stick price.

Someone once accurately explained college pricing and financial aid with this anecdote: You live in the Northeast quadrant of the United States. The temperature outside could be displayed on one hand on any given day in January, and your little brother just dumped a quart of yellow paint on your winter coat—meaning you need to …

College Costs: The 4 Parts of College Costs

Graphic: Tuition & Fees + Room & Board = "Hard" Costs

How much does college cost? This seems like it should be a reasonably simple question with a straight forward answer, but that is not nearly the case. In fact, there are at least 4 answers to this question, and understanding them is important in being a good consumer. 1. Tuition and Fees The biggest cost associated …

The Price of State Colleges vs. Private Colleges

One of the biggest myths for high school students and their families is that state schools are always cheaper — generally a lot cheaper — than comparable smaller, private colleges. Is it true? Not really. In fact, that’s one of the main reasons we created MyCollegePrice in the first place. In many cases, attending a …

The True Price of Private Colleges: Why Sticker Price Doesn’t Matter

One of the most important reasons we created MyCollegePrice was to help people discover new affordable options for college. Students might discover new schools that they hadn’t even heard of simply by looking at their list of college matches. But, students and their families may also be overlooking great potential colleges that they know about but think are …