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Welcome to the Net Price Calculator

Welcome to Dickinson’s Net Price Calculator. We're happy 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 need-based financial aid and estimate your out-of-pocket expenses. We hope this calculator will show you and your family that a Dickinson education may be affordable even if your income and assets are limited.

If you're not going to college in the near future, the Net Price Calculator still can be helpful. Younger students and their parents can use this tool to learn about college costs and receive early financial-aid information. You can create "what if" scenarios based on expected family income and anticipated expenses which will allow you to start planning and saving well before applying to college.

When you're ready to begin making your calculations, 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.

  • How does it work? The calculator measures the financial strength of your family and uses other facts you provide to estimate the amount of grants and other financial aid that may be available to you. Your "net price" is the difference between that amount and the cost of attendance.  The calculator is intended for US citizens and permanent residents; it will not provide accurate estimates for international students. The calculator also may not provide accurate estimates for students whose parents are divorced or separated, since Dickinson assesses the ability of both natural parents to contribute to college costs when determining Dickinson Grant eligibility.  If your parents are divorced or separated, we encourage you to contact the financial aid office directly.


    Dickinson’s Admissions Committee awards merit scholarships based on a thorough review of a completed application for admission.  Therefore, we cannot estimate your merit scholarship eligibility here.  General guidelines for these awards are available on our Website.  If you are awarded a merit scholarship from Dickinson, it would replace or reduce your eligibility for Dickinson grant assistance.


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 first year college student attending Dickinson full-time in 2015-16. We hope this tool will give you a clear picture of the options and opportunities, so you can make more informed decisions about your college choices.  As you use the calculator, please remember:

  1. This is not an application to Dickinson College for admission or financial aid.
  2. The results will only be as reliable as the data you provide.
  3. The Net Price Calculator will give you only an estimate of your net price and aid eligibility. The Dickinson College financial aid office will determine your financial-aid eligibility based on a completed application for financial aid.
  4. Neither the data you enter nor the results that are calculated will be provided to Dickinson College.
  5. To apply for aid from Dickinson, you must complete the CSS PROFILE by our deadline.
  6. You also must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1 of the year you plan to attend college.
  7. Special circumstances are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Dickinson College financial aid office staff.  Additional information should be communicated to us in writing at the time of  your application to the college.

If your parents are divorced or separated, you should complete the Net Price Calculator using the information for the parent with whom you live.  On the ‘Parent Income’ page, the last question asks about the noncustodial parent contribution.  Please enter the anticipated noncustodial parent contribution here.

Completing the calculator should take no more than 20 minutes. Since you will need to answer some basic questions about your parents' financial situation, 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.