The Hope Center

Resources for Colleges

For decades, complicated financial aid formulas and variable sticker prices have made it difficult for students to understand the real price of college. The following resources will help frontline financial aid staff enhance students’ understanding of the cost of college.

In a few minutes, our video about the price of college demystifies complicated terms like the Cost of Attendance and introduces students to non-tuition supports. Moreover, in a small study we conducted at Temple University, the video increased students’ understanding of the price of college.

The accompanying practitioner guide will help colleges reflect on how, when, and with whom to use the video.

Our student vignettes also paint an accurate picture of what it’s like to pay for college, helping reflect on how to approach college costs.