Illustrated by Cam Estela

Cost of College helps students (ages 15-18) prepare for the reality of transitioning to college life. This whimsical take on a traditional expense list walks students through a virtual tour of lands that represent all of the major expenses associated with higher education—and while the land is fantastical, the calculation of college costs is anything but. These costs include tuition, fees, rent, supplies, and more. This course is built with a sophisticated and powerful data set from the National Center for Education Statistics. meaning it can help students estimate everything from expected fees to the average cost of their school’s meal plan.

Not all students will choose to attend college, but all students can benefit from the Cost of College Course. Why? This course is built to educate students on their options. This way they’ll know exactly what college would mean for them and can make an educated decision. The course works equally well for universities, local community colleges, and trade schools.

At the end of the course, students will walk away with a personalized expense list for the school(s) of their choice. On top of that, they’ll have learned various vocab terms associated with higher education and how colleges work. Finally, students will get a practical understanding of how much it actually costs to live on their own.

Cost of College

This course will take you on a guided research experience where you’ll discover costs for the school(s) you want to attend.

  1. Explore the ins and outs of college costs.
  2. Create a list of personal expenses for the year.
  3. Study up on what to expect when you go to school.
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