Estimate how much college might cost when you are ready to enroll.
1. Enter the total cost of attendance, including tuition, fees, room and board, books and incidental expenses.
2. College costs increase at about twice the inflation rate. Current increases have averaged 6% to 9%; we recommend you estimate in this range.
3. Enter the number of years until you enroll in college for the first time.
4. If you indicate yes, the projection will adjust to account for continuing inflation throughout the two or four years of indicated attendance, at the rate entered.
The results may be daunting, but don't let them throw you; relatively few students pay the full "sticker price." You'll find information on this site about resources available to help you reach your education goals, such as scholarships, grants, loans and other forms of financial aid.
College is a great investment. People with college degrees earn over 80% more on average than those with a high school diploma; over a lifetime, the gap in earnings potential between a person with high school diploma and one with a 4-year degree is more than a million dollars.