​Net Price Calculator

This tutorial provides an overview of the National Center for Education Statistics’ (NCES) net price calculator template, as well as a brief background on the calculator requirement.

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 includes a requirement for all postsecondary institutions that participate in Title IV federal student aid programs to post a net price calculator on their websites. The net price calculator is required for all Title IV institutions that enroll first-time, full-time degree- or certificate-seeking undergraduate students. Institutions must have net price calculators on their websites by October 29, 2011.

To meet this requirement, institutions may choose to:

  • Use the U.S. Department of Education’s Net Price Calculator template; or
  • Develop a customized version that must include, at a minimum, the same elements as the Department's template

Net Price Calculator