Welcome

Welcome to the Net Price Calculator! We're happy that you are beginning to explore how to plan and pay for your college education. Using the net price calculator, you can estimate your eligibility for financial aid from schools to which you plan to apply and estimate your out-of-pocket expenses. Rather than shy away from applying to colleges that seem to be out of your price range, results from the net price calculator can show you these institutions may be afforable after all. 

Even if you're not going to college in the near future, the net price calculator may still be helpful. Younger students and their parents can use this tool to learn about college costs and receive early financial aid information so they may begin to understand what the financial expectations might be. You can create "what if" scenarios based on expected family income and anticipated expenses, and start to plan and save well before applying to college. 

Colleges have different resources and financial aid policies, so your "net price" will vary from institution to institution. Also, special circumstances are considered by financial aid offices on a case-by-case basis. If your situation is unusual, you may want to contact the BC Student Services Office after you are admitted.

When you're ready to begin, you can sign in with your College Board user name and password or use the calculator as a guest. The advantage of signing in is that the information you enter will be saved in your account, so you can use it again and again to calculate your net price at other colleges of interest. Good luck!

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    How does it work? The calculator measures the financial strength of your family to estimate your 'Expected Family Contribution' or EFC. That EFC is then subtracted from your cost of attendance to calculate your financial eligibility or 'need'.  We will then meet 100% of that institutional 'need' through a combination of grants, loans and work.  

The calculator is designed to give you an early indication of how much and what types of financial aid you might qualify for if you were a college freshman attending Boston College as a traditional full-time student in the academic year indicated. It is a tool which we hope will give you a clear picture of options and opportunities so you can make more informed decisions about your college choices.

As you use the calculator, please remember: 

  1. This calculator is intended for first time, full-time students.
  2. This is not an application for admission or financial aid.
  3. This provides estimates of need-based aid.  All financial aid at Boston College is based on demonstrated need.  We do not offer merit aid.
  4. The results will only be as reliable as the data you provide.
  5. The net price calculator will only give you an estimate of your net price and aid eligibility. The Boston College Student Services Office has the final word on your financial aid award.
  6. A student's cost of attendance may differ from the average, depending on the specific circumstances of the student or the program.  Certain groups are excluded from the calculation of cost, such as athletes, students receiving tuition remission, and others.
  7. You must complete the full financial aid application by February 1 of the year you plan to attend college.
  8. This calculator works best for families that earn most of their income from wages.  Families who are self employed may find that the results are less meaningful.
  9. This calculator is not designed to estimate financial aid for families where the parents are separated or divorced. See our website for details on BC's policy.

Completing the calculator should take no more than 20 minutes of your time. You will need to answer some basic questions about your parents' financial situation so it might be helpful to have recent tax forms or pay stubs on hand before you begin.

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    READY TO MOVE FORWARD? Sign in with your College Board user name and password, sign up for a College Board account, or enter as a guest.