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Whether the plan to pay for college has been years in the making or is a conversation just beginning, options are available to make earning a degree a reality.

An important part of planning is to understand undergraduate costs and ensure your financing is in place to pay on time.

To help undergraduate students and their families plan for what their estimated balances due will be for the fall and spring semesters, we created this helpful tool to assist with estimating the cost, applying financial aid and other resources to their costs, and then determining what additional funds will be needed.

Estimated costs on the planner represent the most recent costs available as of April 2021 for incoming undergraduates for fall 2021 and spring 2022.

  • In Step 1, students can input their estimated yearly direct costs for fall and spring. Direct costs are those the student will be billed each semester by the University. The right side of the page will reflect the estimated figures, and also lists comments or next steps that the student may need to take (for those emailed a pre-filled planner).
  • In Step 2, students can input estimated financial aid including loans, scholarships, grants, and other resources they may have. Then, the right side of the page will subtract that aid from the estimated direct costs calculated above, and calculate an estimated remaining balance that the student may owe.
  • The following pages of the planner also outline options like the monthly payment plan, third-party sponsors, college savings plans, and more, as well as answer frequently asked financial aid questions.

Download the PDF tool for your campus!*

*For access to all functions of the planner, you may need to download the file to your device.

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Additional Resources

If your cost planner shows an estimated balance due, there are other ways to potentially reduce costs and fund educational expenses. See the Other Funding Options website for more information.

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