Adding It All Up 2012: Are College Net Price Calculators Easy to Find, Use, and Compare? (October 2012)

This report by the Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS) examines the state of net price calculators nearly a year after almost all U.S. colleges were required to post them on their websites, and is a follow-up to their previous report published in 2011.  It takes an in-depth look at the net price calculators created by 50 randomly selected public, private non-profit and for-profit institutions, presenting examples of best practices as well as recommendations for further improvement.

Adding It All Up:  An Early Look at Net Price Calculators

The relatively brief report by the Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS) evaluates a cross-section of already-posted net price calculators from public and private institutions (listed in a footnote on page 5), and cites a number of problems and concerns with these early efforts.

The Net Price Calculator Mandate:  A Tough Act to Follow

From the Spring 2011 issue of The Lawlor Review, this article provides a broad and approachable overview of the issues colleges face in meeting the net price calculator requirement.

The Second Wave of Consumer Transparency in Higher Education

A paper by two higher education enrollment experts at Maguire Associates on the anticipated impact of net price calculators on college admissions.

Students' College Preferences and Plans in the 2011 Admissions Cycle

This report on results from Maguire Associates' 2011 College Decision Impact Survey touches on student concerns and expectations regarding net price calculators (see Finding 5, pgs. 3-5).

Net Price Calculators:  Finding the Right Fit

This article appeared in the Fall 2010 issue of the NASFAA magazine Student Aid Transcript, and addresses many of the questions raised at eight NPC sessions at NASFAA's annual conference the preceding July.