New Online Tools Expected to Lift Veil on College Sticker Prices

With federal mandate, all schools must offer net price calculators online by October 29.

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While prominently featured on some institutions websites with understandable results, the report indicates calculators at other schools were "difficult to locate, required detailed financial information that students and parents would have to look up, and presented results in ways that could lead users to believe that a particular college is more affordable than it likely would be for them."

Boyer says feedback from users indicates the information provided is helpful when comparing Williams to other Ivy League schools. "I haven't had a large number of people question what the calculator is doing," he says.

Asbury believes UNC's calculator has become one of the school's more useful devices for information. "We could not possibly provide this number of award estimates to this large number of students without this tool."

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