2016 College Cost Guides and Price Rankings

College affordability and determining how to pay for college are significant challenges for most families today. Whether you're planning on enrolling in college this year or just started formulating a college savings plan for your newborn, CollegeCalc has the tools and data necessary to start making an informed decision.

The average four-year U.S. college tuition was $17,926 for the 2014-2015 academic year. This is a 2.35% increase over 2013-2014 and continues the long term trend of rising costs, but at slowing rate. Public four year colleges charged an average tuition of $6,429 or a 2.77% above the prior year while four year, private not-for-profits increased at a higher rate of 3.06% to $25,224.

Powered by the most current U.S. Department of Education 2015 data, we provide in depth college costs by school. Additionally regional, state and online college affordability guides, price rankings and cost calculators will help with your search.

Begin your college search by browsing our best value colleges in America, college listings alphabetically by state or our national and state university cost rankings to find the cheapest colleges in your region.. Explore individual college's in-state, out-of-state and average net prices then feed them into our school specific student loan calculators and future cost estimation tools.

If you're not ready to narrow your analysis down to a specific school, try our general student loan and college savings plan calculators to get an idea of future college costs, how much you should start saving and what potential student loan payments may look like.

Future College Cost

Colleges by State

The Best Value Colleges in America for 2016 explore the full list

School Average Net Price Rating
1 University of Washington Seattle Campus $8,739 83
2 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill $11,028 94
3 College of William and Mary $12,660 95
4 University of California Irvine $13,217 85
5 Georgia Institute of Technology Main Campus $8,445 87

Simplifying College Cost Calculation

Where can I find an affordable college? What will college cost when I or my child is old enough to attend? How much should I be saving for a university education now? What will my student loan payments be and can I afford them? These are questions asked every day by parents and prospective college students but require complex financial calculations to answer. We help cut through the confusion by offering accurate, easy to use college cost calculators.

CollegeCalc's college cost guides, student loan calculators and college saving planning tools will help you navigate the challenges of college cost calculation. Utilizing a comprehensive database of over 4,000 schools' prices, CollegeCalc enables you to see financial analysis tailored to your specific college or university. Get started by locating your prospective school.


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