By: Mary Ann Cozza
Do students really know how much it costs to go to college? The U.S. Department of Education is taking steps to ensure all students understand the price of higher education by hosting a video contest.
As of October 2011, the DOE required universities and colleges to provide net price calculators on their websites for students and families to estimate what it might cost to attend a college after accounting for grants and scholarships that don’t need to be repaid.
To increase public awareness of these calculators the DOE has launched a student video contest. The contest is for high school and college students to produce short videos (approximately 60-180 seconds) highlighting why net price calculators are a valuable resource for students and families in the college selection process. The submission deadline is Jan. 31, 2012.
The top three contestants will each win a $1,500 cash prize and have their videos displayed on the DOE’s College Navigator website.