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Welcome to the Net Price Calculator

Welcome to Bucknell University's Net Price Calculator. We are happy that you are beginning to explore how to plan and pay for your college education. Using the net price calculator, you can get a general idea of what your aid eligibility might be at Bucknell and estimate your out-of-pocket expenses.

Colleges have vastly different resources, endowments and financial aid policies and practices, so your "net price" will vary from institution to institution. Also, since Bucknell has a limited amount of academic merit aid and our recipient selection involves a comprehensive and holistic individual review, the merit aid process is extremely competitive and is outside the scope of this calculator. For more information regarding our need-based and merit-based programs, please visit

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 College Board account, so you can use it again and again to calculate your net price at other colleges of interest.

  • How does it work? The calculator takes into consideration the figures you provide to give you a general idea of the financial aid that might be available to you. Your "net price" is the difference between financial aid and the cost of attendance. This net price will be reduced even more when you subtract any loans and work for which you are eligible.

This calculator is meant to help you plan your educational college financing and, although non-binding, is based on the information you provide. It is intended for full-time, first-time domestic first-year students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. (Please know that it is not for currently enrolled college students.) It is designed to give you an early indication of financial aid for which you might qualify, but it is not an application and is not binding in any way. We hope this tool will give you an early picture of options and opportunities so you can make more informed decisions about your college choices and gather more information.

As you use the Net Price Calculator, please remember:

  1. Our NPC is NOT an application for financial aid or an actual financial aid package, it is not guaranteed, nor is it in any way connected to your chances of admission.
  2. Our NPC can only give you a general idea of what your net price and aid eligibility may be. However, please understand that we have no way of verifying the data you enter, so the results could be affected. In order for you to officially apply for Bucknell University need-based financial aid, Bucknell's Office of Financial Aid requires you to complete the CSS PROFILE at If you are admitted, we will perform a thorough analysis of the information you reported on the CSS PROFILE, and we will notify you of any aid eligibility you may have.  Until such time, you will not have an official financial aid package. To see Bucknell's checklist of required financial aid documents, please visit
  3. In order to officially apply and receive any federal aid for which you may be eligible, you will also need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  4. Our NPC cannot take into consideration all of the complicated aspects of families' financial situations including but not limited to: separation or divorce, non-custodial (household B) parent income and contributions, self-employment, large income losses or gains, capital gains, unemployment, severance, overtime, negative adjusted gross income, high investment/home/other real estate value, or other unique circumstances you may have, etc. Please be aware that those items will not result in appropriate or accurate figures for our NPC because the calculator is not designed to handle such complexities. If you do officially apply for financial aid, your parents would need to include any detailed explanations regarding special income circumstances on the CSS PROFILE. We will then try to take your information into consideration.
  5. At Bucknell, we use our own methodology to determine institutional need-based aid eligibility. Please be aware that we do not use the federal EFC numbers in order to determine institutional aid eligibility, and we are not able to meet federal financial need levels.

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.

  • 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.