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Net Price Calculator Helps Determine College Affordability

The NPC guides students through all the relevant questions toward their own, personalized, and clear cost of college.

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How can you provide your students with a clear and complete picture of their college costs and also meet the requirements of the Higher Education Opportunity Act?

The College Board's Net Price Calculator (NPC) lets you give prospects an estimate of what they'll pay to attend your college. The College Board’s NPC is:

  • Web-based — no software to load at your site
  • Easy to implement
  • Helpful in assuring a positive student experience

Our Net Price Calculator lets you customize the experience for your prospects. You can create unique, supplemental questions and use the prospects' answers to calculate their net price and display information specific to each visitor's situation and interests. And our Net Price Calculator is available as a low-cost, one-year subscription — no expensive, long–term contract is necessary.


You will find the NPC set-up to be quick, easy, and intuitive. Your NPC will be hosted by the College Board and your set-up module will be online. Because you control the set-up, you can make real-time updates whenever you wish. Webinars, training videos, and a 24/7 online user community site will provide you with everything you need for a successful implementation. Additional support is available when you need it.


Our Net Price Calculator has been developed so that you control the extent of customization, from very simple to very complex. You can also customize your implementation timeline – you can set up your NPC all at once or gradually, adding features and functionality at your convenience.

Student Data

The College Board considers students to be the owners of their information. No personally identifiable information is collected directly via the calculator, protecting the privacy and anonymity of families using the service and removing the risk of security breaches. You may run a summary of student traffic data on demand and there are several ways you can learn about who is using your calculator and encourage students to engage with you:

  • You may obtain individual student data by requesting it directly from the student.
  • You can provide the student with a link to your website’s Request Information page, enabling them to provide you with additional important information.
  • You can create a front-end on your campus site or a "next step" in the calculator that invites students to self-identify and enter your prospect pool.

Participating Institutions

Over 200 institutions use the College Board’s Net Price Calculator to help students calculate their college costs. See the net price calculators of participating schools.