Very rare: a visitor friendly and easy-to-use Net Price Calculator
Many Net Price Calculator pages open with a “Welcome” to the people lucky enough to find it. And then move directly to warnings and admonitions about what people should not expect.
The actual task of completing the form closely follows the effort required to complete the FAFSA itself. Why do we wonder that people do not flock to use them? Some colleges and universities, of course, don’t actually want people to find and use them.
Today’s Link of the Week selection joins an admirable few that take a different approach. Without using the “Welcome” word itself, the page welcomes visitors with a positive note about the resources available to help students and their parents reduce the sticker price cost. It actually is an unusually friendly “writing right for the web” example that is as easy to read on a smart phone as when using a large screen computer.
Just 7 lines on the Net Price form
It gets even better. The net price calculator form itself is only 7 lines long:
•Total Family Income
•Number in Family
•Number in College
Hit the “submit” button and you will instantly receive a breakdown of scholarships and grants and the remaining price to pay. From that page a link also leads to loan information for people who can’t pay the entire remaining amount. For those who can pay but would prefer to make equal monthly installments, there is also access to the no-interest annual payment plan. That option to affordability without loans often is missing form pages like this.
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