Those Net Price Calculators on college websites driving you crazy? Comparing apples to oranges would be easier? Lost in the transliteration?

Maybe what you need is a good old-fashioned abacus. Or a new-fangled abacus of the Internet variety.

Find and compare college costs at As per their Mission Statement, "Abacus provides a free and secure service to its users, enabling them to compare their projected financial aid packages across schools and to identify schools within their budgets."

Perfect? No. Better than jumping randomly from college Net Price Calculator to college Net Price Calculator? You bet!

Give it a whirl. The cost to you? Free. What you may save in college costs, let alone time in finding out what those costs are? Priceless!

Plan. Prepare. Prevail!

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