Are you, or do you know, a high school or college student with great video skills? Help the Department of Education broaden public awareness of college net price calculators, and you could win $1,500. A university or college’s net price calculator gives families a better sense of how much they would actually pay to attend a particular institution.
The College Net Price Calculator Student Video Challenge asks high school and college students to produce short videos highlighting why the calculators are a valuable resource. A panel of higher education stakeholders will judge the entries, and the top three contestants will each win a $1,500 cash prize. Video submissions are due Jan. 31, and the winner will be announced this spring.
Net price calculators allow prospective students to enter their financial information to find out what students with similar financial needs paid to attend the institution in the previous year. The calculator includes all grants and scholarship aid that might be available to the student. While the calculator won’t be able to tell an individual student exactly how much he or she will have to pay to attend that school, it will give students a realistic estimate of how financial aid might lower the net cost of enrolling in that institution.
You can find a college or university’s net price calculator on their website, or use ED’s College Navigator to find a link to a school’s calculator.
To learn more or submit an entry, visit http://netpricecalc.challenge.gov/.