Almost every day, it seems, there is someone reminding you of how expensive college is. But how expensive is it really?
Paying for college is a lot like buying a car - there is the price you see on the window in the car lot, and then there is the price you actually pay. Keep in mind, that just because some of the college price tags you hear about can be discouraging - $30,000 or more for yearly tuition and fees - most colleges are more affordable than you might think. For example, did you know that about 60 percent of students attending four-year schools pay less than $6,000 for tuition and fees?
Why the big difference between the college sticker price and the actual cost? Well, after grants are taken into consideration, the net price the average undergraduate pays for a college education is significantly lower than the published tuition and fees. So how do you figure out how much the college you are interested in really costs? Check out this college cost calculator from the US Department of Education and check out the real price!
And don't forget, just like you can get financial aid to help you with your car, resources are available to help you pay for college. In fact, there is more financial aid available than ever before - more than $135 billion! Get Schooled is here to help with lots on information on different ways to pay for college.