College Planning Calculator

A plan can help you figure out how you'll save and pay for college

Make a solid plan to pay for college

This easy-to-use college planning calculator helps you search for college costs and build a customized plan based on your own situation.

  • You can see the full cost of college, not just tuition.
  • Factor savings, scholarships, grants, and loans into your plan.
  • If college is just around the corner, we can help you figure out how to pay for it.
  • If college is far away, we can help you save for it.
  • See guidelines for a loan payment compared to the salary needed to support it.
  • Save your plan and you can review, revise, and update it at any time while you put that plan into action.
mockup of a laptop open to the college planning calculator. on a coral to dark blue gradient.
a graphic displaying  a ring chart that is 52% full out of 100%. the filled area is denim blue and the 52% stat is in cyan.

The proportion of families who have a plan to pay for college is at an all-time high at 52% in academic year 2019-20.footnote 1

footnote 1. Source: “How America Values College,” from Sallie Mae and Ipsos.