Use need and merit-based rankings to put affordability in the plan

    You know that a net-price calculator with tax forms is always the best way to get a personalized estimate of a financial aid package. You also know that this is a lot of heavy-lifting for families during the early stages of their child’s college planning.

    With College Kickstart's Need-based Aid and Merit-based Aid ratings, you can share directional guidance on a school’s affordability. The proprietary 5-star ranking system is based on published statistics from the Common Data Set. 

    Full pay families can find Likely schools with great Merit-based Aid that may make a school more appealing. 

    Each school’s Details include Affordability Ratings.


    Several metrics are tracked, including net cost, need-blind admission policies, whether an institution automatically considers applicants for merit scholarships and whether hard deadlines must be met for scholarship consideration.

    In each student's college list under Actions in your dashboard, there are side-by-side comparisons available. Use the money bag  for Need-based Aid comparisons and the ribbon for Merit-based Aid. 

    Check the following articles for details on the two financial aid views.  

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