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Award Letter Comparison Tool


This Award Letter Comparison Tool helps you compare and contrast the financial aid packages from the colleges that have admitted you. In particular, it highlights differences in the cost of attending each school.

Please use annual figures when completing this form.

Please supply as much information as possible. If you do not have some information, just leave the corresponding input field blank. You will find it helpful to have your award letters in front of you when you are completing this form. Not all of this information will be available on every award letter, as some colleges include unsubsidized Stafford Loans, PLUS loans and private education loans on the award letter, and some do not. This tool distinguishes between the different types of aid, whether included in the financial aid package or not, to make an apples-to-apples comparison possible.

Try to use figures that are as close as possible to your actual costs. For example, if one college has a figure for textbooks or travel that seems low, substitute a more accurate estimate. (Note that travel costs will vary from college to college depending on the distance from home to school.) Likewise, specify the cost of the specific housing and meal plan options you would choose at each college.

Figure for student health insurance should be included only if the student is not covered under an existing health insurance plan, such as a parent or spouse's health insurance plan.

The Advanced Award Letter Comparison Tool allows you to compare other college characteristics along with the financial aspects of the financial aid packages. It displays an evaluation of the two dimensions within a 3x3 grid.

If you are comparing only two colleges, leave the third college name blank.

College Names
  School #1 School #2 School #3
College Name:
Cost of Attendance (COA) / Student Budget
Tuition and Fees:
Room and Board:
Books and Supplies:
Student Health Insurance:
Travel and Transportation:
Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
Parent Contribution:
Student Contribution:
Financial Aid - Grants, Scholarships and Resources
Federal Pell Grant:
Federal SEOG Grant:
Federal TEACH Grant:
College Grants and Scholarships:
State Grants and Scholarships:
Tuition and Housing Waivers:
Private (Outside) Scholarships:
Veterans Education Benefits:
Financial Aid - Employment
Federal Work Study:
College Work Study:
Other Employment:
Financial Aid - Loans
Federal Perkins Loan:
Federal Stafford Loan (Subsidized):
Federal Stafford Loan (Unsubsidized):
Federal PLUS Loan:
College Loan:
   Interest Rate:
   Term (Years):
Private Student Loan:
   Interest Rate:
   Term (Years):
Output Format:

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