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EXPLORE & PREPARE
Next, you'll want to generate your College List. It's wise to develop a list that includes reach, target, and safety schools. Use College Chances – our college admissions calculator – to estimate your chances of admissions at any of the 2,000+ colleges listed on CollegeData. Use Admissions Tracker to see who got in where and how you compare against other applicants.
PAY Your way
Wondering how to pay for college? An important consideration in choosing a college is affordability. Use CollegeData's EFC Calculator to find out how much financial aid you would likely receive if you were to attend a particular college. Then use our Net Price Calculator to get an estimate of your true out-of-pocket cost to attend any college based on the college's cost of attendance, your financial aid eligibility, and recent financial aid awards at the college.
If you're shocked by the cost of college, remember that scholarships and financial aid can make college more affordable. Use our Scholarship Finder to explore approximately 800,000 awards totaling over $5 billion offered by private organizations, foundations, corporations, and individuals. Find the scholarships that might be looking for students with academic qualifications, interests, and personal characteristics like yours.
True Student Stories
Read stories from real students about getting into college and the ups and downs of the college admissions experience!
"The first experience I had with CollegeData was an article about taking a gap year. Up to this point, I hadn't really been thinking too hard about my future after high school, and the article introduced me to some alternative options for post high school planning. I later used the resources available to track admissions chances of my college list as well as comparing financial aid once I got some acceptances. All of the other email articles I received were also useful, especially in how they helped me to think for myself about my own situation and decide what I really wanted. There are certainly other features I didn't make use of very much that may be helpful, but those were the ones that stood out to me the most as great tools."
– John – Georgia Tech – Class of 2024
"CollegeData was integral in my College Admissions plan. In line with their name, they really do offer a wealth of information about every school and puts every school into a realistic perspective in terms of admission, financial aid, net price, and personal fit. With a strong application and the CollegeData team at my side, I landed in my dream school and am still living that dream. I recommend CollegeData all the time to my friends in the application process."
– Gabby – Xavier University – Class of 2023
"CollegeData is a wonderful tool for upcoming seniors (and other high school students) who are on the road towards higher education. Consisting of easy-to-understand informational guides and email newsletters that can make even the most confused applicant be enlightened, CollegeData lives up to its name of being “your online college advisor.” CollegeData also has various useful applications, like admissions tracker, EFC calculator, and scholarship finder to make financial aid and "the money factor" much easier to analyze and compare. The organization provided me with the resources to make the journey a much organized one. Thank you."
– Stanley - Vanderbilt University – Class of 2024
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