Help with College Cost and Financial Aid

You know college is important but …

How much will it really cost?

Can you get aid to reduce the cost?

Can you afford it?

How will you manage the cost?

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Making Sense of College Cost and Financial Aid

Cost and aid are critical factors in the decisions students make about whether and where to attend college.1 The average published cost of a private college is $40,917 per year, of a public college it is $18,391 per year for in-state residents and $31,701 for non-residents.2 And the average cost at the US News top-ranked colleges is $60,720 per year.3

Yet the amount students actually pay, the net price, is often significantly less. For private colleges the average net price for the 2013-14 academic year was $23,290, a discount of $17,627 from the published price.4 For in-state students at public colleges the average net price is $12,620, a discount of $5,771 from the published cost.5

But you’re not “average” – you have your own unique talents, abilities, and financial situation. How do you know whether you can get a discount on the cost of college, and how much will it be? ScholarFITS will help you find the answers!


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1 For 48 years the Cooperative Institutional Research Program at UCLA has interviewed college students. In the 2013 study, over 164,000 students identified the factors they considered “very important” in selecting their college. The top choices, in order, were academic reputation (chosen by 64% of students), prospects of a good job after graduation (53%), availability of financial aid (49%), and the cost of the college (46%).  The American Freshman 2013, CIRP.

2 Tuition and fees plus room and board for the 2013-14 academic year, from Trends in College Pricing, 2013-14 by the College Board.

3 Data compiled by ScholarFITS from US News and National Center for Education Statistics websites, 8/20/14.

4 Trends in College Pricing, 2013-14 by the College Board.

5 Trends in College Pricing, 2013-14, by the College Board.

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