COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY TOOLS

 

The cost of attending SUNY should be clear and understandable to our students and their families. SUNY Smart Track is the nation’s most aggressive and comprehensive effort to assure financial aid transparency. Smart Track is dedicated to you, with a commitment to transparency and helping you and your family to make the best decision in college financing.

Please use the SMART Track tools to help calculate college costs and plan accordingly.

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The U.S. Education Department (ED) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) provide a variety of tools to assist prospective students in evaluating and comparing school performance and cost information.
  1. The College Scorecard
    A planning tool and resource to assist prospective students and their families as they evaluate options in selecting a school.

  2. The College Navigator
    A consumer tool that provides school information to include tuition and fees, retention and graduation rates, use of financial aid, student loan default rates and features a cost calculator and school comparison tool. 

  3. The Financial Aid Shopping Sheet
    A model aid award letter designed to simplify the information that prospective students receive about costs and financial aid so they can easily compare institutions and make informed decisions about where to attend school.

  4. “Paying for College”
    A webpage and tool which can be used by prospective students to enter the names of up to three schools and receive detailed financial information on each one and to enter actual financial aid award information.