Today, there is no way for students and families
to evaluate college affordability because they don’t know what their student aid
will be. U.S. colleges and universities inform students of their aid awards in the
spring - just months before college begins! Only then do students and their families
realize their true net cost of college.
Despite the availability each year of billions of dollars in student aid, many who
desire a college education do not pursue their dreams because they believe the high
cost of college is far beyond their reach. Other students let their perceptions
about the published cost of attendance guide their decision making and limit the
colleges they consider.
High school counselors are overworked, outnumbered and
frustrated because they can’t easily help students evaluate affordable
college choices. The ratio of high school students to counselors is now 475 students
to 1 counselor – yet choosing a college is an intensely personal process, and almost
everyone can benefit from personalized assistance.
After college, many students and parents are very deep in debt – often for decades
– because affordability wasn’t sufficiently factored into their decisions.
that there has to be a better way