Estimated cost based on aid at different income levels
STUDENTS RECEIVING SCHOLARSHIPS OR GRANTS
FOUR-YEAR GRADUATION RATE
Sources: Peterson's - a Nelnet company; US Department of Education; College Board; MONEY calculations.
Tuition, fees, room and board costs come from Peterson's and are for the most recent academic year available (in most cases 2013-2014) as of December 2013. Costs for books and miscellaneous expenses are based on averages from the College Board. To cover these costs, $4,435 a year is added to four-year public colleges and $3,833 is added for private colleges. Estimated one-year costs reflect average grant or scholarship aid for families in each income bracket who receive federal aid and are based on Department of Education data for the 2011-2012 academic year. The four-year cost is Money's estimate for a student starting in 2013 and reflect expected college-cost inflation.