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Calculate Costs to Pay for College

College costs can be scary. Use tools to help find the real cost of college and estimate how financial aid can help you pay for school.

Many students feel like college is out of their reach because of the cost. Calculators can help you see the real cost of a college. And financial aid estimators can show you what aid may be available to help pay for school.

Net Price Calculator

All colleges have a sticker price, or a general cost of attendance. But a better estimate of what a student or family will actually pay is the net price. The net price factors in grants and scholarships that lower your part of the cost, as well as books and fees that can increase the cost.

Net price calculators are tools to help determine a specific school's net price. The U.S. Department of Education requires all colleges to have a net price calculator on its website. You can search for "net price" on the college's website to find the link. Or, you can go to the College Navigator website where each school's net price calculator is listed.

Financial Aid Estimators

Financial aid estimators help you figure out how to pay for school. Use these tools to find out how much savings you'll need and how much aid you may be eligible to receive.

Financial Aid Estimator
Use this tool from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education to estimate your eligibility for a Federal Pell Grant, Minnesota State Grant, and federal education tax benefits.

Minnesota Tuition and Fees
Find costs for most Minnesota schools. Data source is from institutions participating in the Minnesota State Grant Program.

College Board
Learn about calculating expected family contribution, college savings, and student and parent loans.

FinAid! The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid
Find calculators to help you determine school costs, and how much savings and aid you'll need.

Reduced Out–of–State Tuition
There are two key ways for Minnesota students to reduce the tuition costs when attending college in another Midwest state: tuition reciprocity and the Midwest Student Exchange Program.

Sallie Mae's College Answer
Find information about calculating expected family contribution, student budgets, college costs and savings, and student and parent loans.