You can use a college’s net price calculator (most colleges have these on their websites) to get a customized estimate of your net price for that college. Learn more about estimating college costs.
College has many benefits. For example, people who graduate from college earn more money and are more likely to hold a job than those who don’t. In 2011, people with a bachelor’s degree who worked full-time earned $21,100 more, on average, than full-time workers with only a high school diploma. Learn more about how college education pays.
What will college really cost me?
Probably less than you think. The best way to figure out what a particular college may really cost you is to find out your estimated net price for that college. This is usually far lower than the published price. Your net price for a college is the published price of tuition and fees minus your gift aid and education tax benefits. Gift aid includes grants and scholarships but not loans or money earned through a work-study job.