Tuition calculators sending mixed signals to some students
Most Christian colleges and universities offer prospective students tuition calculators on their websites as part of federal regulations to make the costs of higher education more transparent. While these tools are useful for men and women of faith considering enrolling at Christian universities, some students and their families have found they vary in clarity and thoroughness, according to The New York Times.
The news source reports that, while most schools provide tuition calculators on their websites, there is no publicly available data on how reliable they are. In addition, students from low-income families may be unaware that these tools exist at all, which may make it more difficult for them to make informed decisions about their education. Even families from more privileged backgrounds have made limited use of tuition calculators.
“We didn’t have a lot of confidence that those were real numbers,” Heidi Ewell, a mother of a prospective student, told the news source. “They’re all so different, and it seemed like there were such wide ranges and so many caveats that it really didn’t feel apples-to-apples.”
According to Salon, students may be unfamiliar with much of the financial terminology used by tuition calculators. Before making any decisions about which Christian college they want to attend, men and women of faith should thoroughly research the financial implications of their choice.