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College Costs: Sticker Price vs. Net Price

Posted by Allison Wignall

Dec 1, 2016 1:22:02 PM

When looking at potential colleges, families often look first to the price-tag associated with the institution—and it makes sense, considering tuition prices have gone up in the last few decades. Some students don’t bother applying to colleges that are “out of their price range,” because even if they got in, they wouldn’t be able to pay for it ... right?

Sticker vs. Net Price

People oftentimes look at what’s called the sticker price, or the published price, of attending a college. The sticker price can frighten off potential students with its high amount. For example, Stanford’s published annual sticker price (as of 2016) is nearly $65,000. That number alone would cause many great students to cross Stanford off of their college list. But hold on, because there’s another, more important price to consider—net price.

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Topics: financial aid, scholarships, college costs, tuition


College Completion Gap Between Rich and Poor Increases

Posted by Julia Wasson

Feb 10, 2015 8:35:00 PM

Access to information and support cited among contributing factors

A new report out last week shows a growing disparity between the numbers of rich and poor students who complete college in young adulthood. Released by the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education and the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy, the report finds that the college completion gap has risen significantly in the past two decades.

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Topics: preparing for college, college completion,, income gap, college success, college costs


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