I know there are a ton of threads on this but thought I'd add a new link.
So I don't see that until you apply and get the financial aid package back that you really have any idea what kind of school you can afford but here is an interesting cost comparison by NPR. I think this could be helpful somewhat but I'm not really sure.
How would I know how much having 6 people in our household would matter on these graphs? It doesn't sound like COL is really relevant to the schools. I haven't been asked to put my zip code in once on a net price calculator but the net price calculators are just there for show from what I can tell. Do any of them ever factor in COL?
Edited to add that I also find it very frustrating that they always lump in state and out of state together in their charts and graphs. I know that if the average is low and it's a state school than obviously our cost will be way higher but by how much? Lumping these together renders all averages and charts, etc. completely meaningless to any parent but I will at least say that State schools seem a little more transparent and forthcoming with the actual cost of attending. It seems like a complete mystery what a private school will cost unless those net price calculator are accurate that don't even count number of people in the household etc.
Edited by frogger, 30 January 2018 - 04:01 PM.