Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Education Department, GOP Subcommittee Unveil College Cost Web Sites

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Education Department, GOP Subcommittee Unveil College Cost Web Sites

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The U.S. Department of Education, as well as GOP members of the House Education and Workforce subcommittee have each launched Web sites to better help parents and students plan for college expenses.

A recent government report found that students and parents who planned for higher education generally overestimated the cost of college tuition at a public institution. The National Center for Education Statistics report "Getting Ready for College" found that in 1998-1999, though the average yearly in-state undergraduate tuition at public four-year colleges was approximately $3,200, students in grades 11 and 12 who planned on attending public four-year colleges and their parents estimated tuition to be between $5,400 and $5,800.

U.S. Education Secretary Roderick Paige cited the report while announcing a new Web site that will give parents information about higher education and its cost, including:

* A calculator to project education costs into the future and to develop a financing plan;

* Information about federal financial-aid programs, tax credits and links to private scholarship sites;

* An online financial-aid application;

* Information about the college admission application process and standardized testing requirements for admission; and

* Student and parent loan repayment options. …

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