All colleges offer a tool on their websites to help families estimate what you’ll end up paying. Called net price calculators, they estimate what a student would actually pay — after subtracting grant aid from the total cost of attendance.

Unfortunately, too many families are unaware of the impact of grants and scholarships. That’s why these net price calculators are so valuable. In just a few minutes families can see estimates of merit- and need-based aid that will lower your college costs. These can be very useful for students who are narrowing in on certain colleges. They can also be handy at the start of a family’s college search, to see the impact of grants and scholarships at our private nonprofit colleges in lowering what families will need to pay.