Legacy Foundation Provides Free College Planning Tool
The Legacy Foundation website now features a free tool to help Lake County, Ind. scholars, parents and guidance counselors compare the costs of attendance across Indiana colleges.
"Completing the cost estimator information will provide valuable information in the financial fact finding stage of the college selection process," said Sandy Nicholls, Legacy Foundation scholarship administrator.
After completing the form, students and their parents receive a report from The National Center for College Costs which provides a personal financial analysis.
"Students have the opportunity to look at the demographic information about Indiana colleges and ascertain what types of degrees are offered. They can view the graduation rates, discover the admission requirements, and get an idea of the costs associated with selected schools," said Nicholls.
Other services the tool provides: links to college profiles, guides for the FAFSA process, free scholarship searches, insights on investing, and a virtual tour which allows students to see where schools are located and get a view of the size and layout of the campus.
Once users of the Indiana College Cost Estimator have registered, they will have the option to store and retrieve the data at any time by creating a username and password. This will allow them to update information as needed or run more side-by-side comparisons.
In addition, those families that have received the report are cordially invited by Legacy Foundation to attend a workshop on December 8, 2012. Dave Murray, president of The National Center for College Costs, will be present to answer questions and provide additional information.
The Indiana College Costs Estimator is the result of collaboration between the National Center for College Costs, Learn More Indiana and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. This tool is not designed for graduate students or those returning for a second credential.