Since the advent of the college Net Price Calculator, parents and students alike, having pretty much figured out which colleges are good fits, are still walking around in that proverbial fog when it comes to figuring out the true cost of college, let alone comparing the cost of college A to college B.

Yes, the College Scorecard helps a bit, but can we say that the fog has actually lifted?

Enter the latest tool in the effort to find the "best" college, calculate and compare costs, and determine the odds of graduating in four years. The Chronicle of Higher Education brings us College Reality Check.

Here, you can unmuddy the waters, if just a bit, by assessing the real value of that college degree.

Of course, that old "Return On Investment" cannot -- and should not -- be measured in terms of dollars and cents alone. There's the intrinsic value of college in learning for learning's sake. The value of opening young minds, as well as opening doors. The value of lifelong friendships and partnerships. And, let's not forget the value of that taco at the college food court.

A perfect tool for the college-bound? Of course not. Still, College Reality Check should be introduced to your college toolbox as you plan and prepare to set off on the long, winding, and especially awesome road to college.  

Plan. Prepare. Prevail!

The views and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of The College Whisperer.

Who knows what peril lurks in the college application and admissions process? The College Whisperer knows. . .

* * *
Comments? Questions for The College Whisperer
Write us at

The College Whisperer™ and Official Sponsor of College Admission Success are Trademarks of
COLLEGE CONNECTION.  The road to college begins at COLLEGE CONNECTION! Whether you are planning for college, applying to college, paying for college or simply thinking about college, COLLEGE CONNECTION can help! Call TODAY for a FREE telephone consultation. 516-345-8766

For up-to-the-minute news, apps, info and insights on college applications, admissions, scholarships and just about everything college, follow The College Whisperer™ on Twitter at