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Compare the Cost of Colleges

If you’re considering going to college, visit the Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center to learn more about the cost of higher education.

You can search for schools with the highest and lowest tuition prices and see which tuitions are increasing at the fastest rates. You can also find out how much career and vocational programs costs.

Understanding the cost of college can help you make better decisions as you pursue higher education. 

How to Pick the Right College

High school seniors across the country are starting to receive college acceptance letters, and it’s time for them to decide which school is right for them.

Here are some helpful questions to consider:

  • Does the school offer the courses and type of program that interest you?
  • Does the school offer the services you require and activities that interest you?
  • What are the school’s graduation and transfer-out rates? A school is required to disclose this information to prospective students.
  • What percentage of recent graduates are working in their chosen field of study?
  • What financial aid is available at the school? Ask for specifics such as the types of aid available, how you apply, how they select recipients, plus how and when you will receive aid.

You can find usually find course selection catalogs, information on dormitories and campus life, and other useful information on individual college websites or in their brochures. To learn more about the university’s town or city, check and see if the town or county has its own website.

The National Center for Education Statistics provides a College Navigator to help you compare schools and choose the right one.

If you are looking at different financial aid options, most schools offer individual scholarships and financial aid options, or you can apply online for federal financial assistance or by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).