You know the cost of tuition. But what is college really going to cost you? Here are some tools to help you determine your bottom line.
Once you've been admitted to college and you've applied for financial aid, you will receive an Award Letter from the college. The Award Letter will list all the financial support the school is able to provide.
See a Sample Award Letter.
Net Price Calculators
To help students get a better idea of how much college is really going to cost them, colleges provide calculators that ask prospective students some simple questions in order to estimate how much the student will be expected to pay. The calculators are called "Net Price Calculators." We've provided a list of links to the Net Price Calculator for Mississippi schools.
Use the Net Price Calculators.
One expense that sometimes sneaks up on students is the cost of books. College books can be really pricey, sometimes topping $500 per semester. Luckily, you do have some options for reducing your book expenses:
1. When possible, buy books through online discount sites. There are lots of them. Some work as auction sites (kind of like eBay). Others do direct sales. Others are trade sites. You can get books for half the cost at times, but buyer beware.
2. Take advantage of e-books if you can. Sometimes professors only require you to read one or two chapters of a book. If the book is available as an e-book, you may be able to purchase only the chapter you need for much less than the entire book.
3. Take care of your books and sell them back to the bookstore. You won't recoup all your cost, but you'll make back a little.
4. Take advantage of textbook exchanges through the college.