How Much Does College Cost with Aid?

  • Many students will receive financial aid and loans from the government in order to attend college. In order to plan for the future, you can estimate how much you will be expected to pay using the resources below.

    More on the FAFSA & Financial Aid Here

  • How Much Will I be Expected to Pay for College?

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    If you know you will be applying for financial aid, and you want to get an estimate of how much you will be paying, you can fill out the FAFSA forecaster. It will show you how much the government expects your family to pay for college. This will help plan for the future.
    FAFSA Estimated Federal Student Aid

    College Board: Estimated Family Contribution (EFC)
    Expected Family Income Cost Calculator
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  • Net Price Calculator:

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    Most schools also have a net price calculator on their website.
    Net Price Calculator


    The net price calculator will often expect you to know this: (You obtain this using the FAFSA forecaster.)

    • A median expected family contribution (What FAFSA calls an EFC)

    The net price calculator will give you this:

    • The average grant and scholarship aid the school awards to students like you.
    • The school's "net price" - the difference between the total cost of attendance and the average aid awarded. This is the amount you will have to come up with for your freshman year; you can do this through a combination of cash, loans, and scholarships/grants.
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  • How Much Does College Cost Without Aid?

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    Cost of college is broken up in many parts. Tuition alone is not the total cost of college. Students must factor in housing, meals, additional fees, cost of books etc. The websites below should help with an estimate of what college costs. Remember that loans and grants are available if you qualify, and you must fill out the FAFSA to apply. 

    Average Cost for Texas Colleges - This website gives you the breakdown of tuition, room and board, textbooks, and other information for all public and private colleges in Texas.

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