Frequenty Asked Questions


Higher Admission brings price discovery forward in the extremely complex and outdated college admission process.


Students and parents should always keep in mind that no two students pay the same price. College is the second largest purchase, after a home, most people ever make. Yet students have no way of comparing prices or assessing affordability until the spring of the year in which they will matriculate, and then only after long and arduous admissions and financial aid application processes. By the time the true net cost of attendance is revealed, application deadlines have passed and minds have been made up. Put simply, it’s too late to factor price into students’ college selection process. We’ve solved this problem.

Determining a student’s exact final total cost of attendance, after all financial aid, is extremely complex. On our Compare Colleges page we exclude costs and aid that is either so insignificant, or so idiosyncratic, that their initial inclusion is impossible.
  • Costs - On our Compare Colleges page
    • We include the big items that are comparable across colleges.
      • Tuition
      • Mandatory fees
      • Room
      • Board
    • We exclude smaller costs that don’t vary much between institutions and usually don’t drive student decisions to pick one college over another.
      • Books
      • Lab fees
      • Travel
      • Incidentals
  • Financial Aid
    • On our Compare Colleges page, we include merit aid that is determined by
      • Grades
      • Test scores
      • Class rank
    • Your financial aid estimates from colleges will include other aid such as
      • Aid that is based on achievements, for example, scouts
      • Aid that is based on the type of high school attended
      • National Merit Finalists scholarships
      • Sibling and Legacy discounts
      • Federal grants
      • State grants
      • Work study
      • Military benefits
      • Loans
  • A credential vault facilitating one click applications and deposits.
  • Machine learning/AI applied to completing FAFSA and CSS
  • Depending on the outcome of the U.S Department of Justice’s investigation of NACAC, provide colleges with the option of offering incentives for students to commit prior to May 1st.
For now, only U.S. citizens or residents are eligible to use Higher Admission. In the future, we plan to add international students.