Federal shutdown impacts college cost calculators

Matt Zalaznick's picture
Thursday, October 10, 2013

This is the time of year when parents of high school seniors should be using net price calculators as they shop for colleges, but the federal government shutdown has shuttered the federal source for these valuable tools.

Until the shutdown, parents could head to the federal College Navigator to use the calculators which provide parents with a personalized estimate of what any college or university will cost them before their child ever applies.

To use these valuable calculators, parents must plug in their tax and financial information and often information about their child's academic profile and in return a school 's calculator will provide the estimated net price for that particular child after any scholarships and grants are deducted.

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