Consumer Tools

Over the past several years, the U.S. Department of Education has launched a suite of consumer information tools designed to enable informed decision-making at various stages in the college selection process.  Here are a number of resources to help you navigate these federal tools. 




Consumer Information Tools Overview

NAICU has prepared an overview to the federal Consumer Information Tools.


Technical Guidance

Scorecard by the Elements

Scorecard & Shopping Sheet Technical Comparison


Net Price Calculators:  An Overview

Federal Net Price Defined

Net Price Calculator - Options 

Net Price Calculator Overview

Department of Education Latest Net Price Calculator Information  (January 2014)


College Affordability and Transparency Center  

An overview of the College Affordability and Transparency reports can be found here.

The U.S. Department of Education's website providing information about college costs with links to other resources about attending college.