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Estimate Your College Costs

Understanding the true cost to attend college is an important part of the college decision.

College Affordability and Transparency
The U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center serves as a central point of access to several tools, including College Scorecard and College Navigator, that provide access to college tuition and fees comparisons, net price calculators, state spending charts and more. Visit

Federal Student Aid Estimator
Use the Federal Student Aid Estimator ( to determine eligibility for federal student aid and receive an estimate on the types and amounts of aid you may receive.

Net Price Calculators
Each college that participates in the federal financial aid programs is required to have a “net price calculator” on its website. These calculators can give you a rough estimate of how much it may cost you to attend each specific college, taking into account what aid you may receive from both the college and federal financial aid. The easiest way to find the calculator on the college’s website is to type “net price calculator” in the website search field.

For more information on financial aid and planning for college, you can download ECMC's free Opportunities guide and workbook.