College Cost Transparency Matters.
Many families have no idea what to expect when a financial aid offer arrives. We built College Abacus to take the guesswork out of finding a college that is a financial fit — all before students even apply.
College Abacus helps families easily identify the best schools for their budgets by providing personalized financial aid estimates. Best of all, it's free.
We’ve also made College Abacus accessible in Spanish; College Ábaco helps more families understand the full range of college options.
Simplifying The Process
Every school has its own financial aid formula, which is shared with students through its net price calculator. The net price is defined as the total cost of school (tuition, room and board, and other expenses) minus the amount of need-based aid you receive based on your family's financial situation. College Abacus streamlines the process of checking individual college tuition estimates by providing parents, students, and counselors a place to compare estimates direct from colleges. Deciding where to go to college is complicated enough.
Without College Abacus,
Schools can ask between 9–60 (or more!) questions on personal information, detailed financial situation, academic background, etc.
Students are often encouraged to apply to at least six schools.
- It adds up quickly! Families can end up clicking through and answering 360+ questions—many of which are repetitive details.
Goodbye painstaking clicking! With more than 5,000 schools and universities ranging from trade schools to ivy leagues to community colleges, College Abacus gives you numbers directly from the school without having to visit each school’s website and responding to the same questions over and over again.
Giving Students Long-Term Perspective
College can be a huge investment. That’s why we help families plan from enrollment to graduation. College Abacus gives school-specific data on key financial factors like alumni earnings, average student loan repayment amounts and graduation rates. It’s not just about getting in. It's about finding a good financial fit, for now and years to come.