These 3 things are required: the student’s name (which TuitionFit will black out for your approval before posting), the college’s name or logo, and financial aid information such as grants or scholarships or loans offered, even if the amount is $0. The more complete the information shown, the more accurate the price to pay now will be. Unfortunately, not all colleges make this basic information easy to see. Online portals often don’t display the student’s name, so you could try to download the financial aid award letter and take a screenshot or print and upload a scan or picture if it shows the needed information. If multiple pages came in a folder or booklet with some information on each page, you can take a picture of the two pages side by side. If you’re having trouble finding the information, please email [email protected].
Email [email protected] and tell us what needs to be changed and the new information you’d like entered. We’ll take care of everything else!
TuitionFit shows you the offers uploaded by other students whose ACT score (if you entered an SAT score or a HS GPA we convert that to an ACT scale) and EFC are similar to yours. We determine similarity for each user individually. Each user's merit and need numbers determine the center of their similarity category. For merit, we use a range of +/- one ACT point (converted as described above). For need, we use predetermined EFC categories that are narrower if the user qualifies for Pell Grants (at its narrowest, those ranges are less than $2,000) to align with the federal government's matrix for awarding Pell Grants. These categories widen considerably when students' EFC rises above the threshold for Pell Grants and subsidized student loans.
For example, if you have a 25 ACT score (or corresponding SAT score) and an EFC of 10,000, you will see offers uploaded by students who have a 24, 25, or 26 and who reported an EFC of between about $6,000 and $40,000. By contrast, if reported EFC was $1,000, the offers uploaded would come from students with between $500 and $1,100 EFC.
Sticker Price includes tuition, required fees, standard housing on-campus, and a standard on-campus meal plan. If the Sticker Price shown is in red text, that means we’re displaying the previous sticker price because the upcoming year’s sticker price for this college has not been published yet. The sticker price will be updated when it becomes available. If the sticker price reflects a price that’s only applicable to students residing in the same state as the university, “In-state” will show below the dollar amount.
Don't forget, your college costs are going to be more than just tuition, fees, room, and board. You'll have to pay for books, course supplies, travel, personal hygiene products, etc. as well as the regular living expenses that come up over time.
“-Grant/Scholarship Award” – This category is money the student doesn’t ever have to pay. It includes Federal and State grants determined by financial need, as well as scholarships and grants from the college.
“-Loan to Pay Later” – Includes Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans as well as loans offered by the college or state government. This does not include any parent loans.
“=Price to Pay Now” – This is the actual price, the minimum amount of money the student needs to come up with to attend this college next academic year if they accept all the loans and grants and scholarships counted in this table. We calculate this by Sticker Price minus Grant/Scholarship Award minus Loan to Pay Later.
“Included Non-Renewable Award” – If we can tell that some of the grants or scholarship offered are not eligible to be renewed beyond the first year there will be a “Yes” listed here.
“Program-Specific Awards” – If any of the financial aid included in this letter is being given for a specific major or other activity or program, the name of the program will be listed here. Many of these awards require auditions or competitions so these will generally not be available to other students.
We try really hard not to make mistakes, but we have the extra step of having you verify your redacted letter just in case. If you see something we missed, click “Send Back” instead of approving the letter, and send us an email at [email protected] letting us know what we missed.