Federal website shows most, least expensive colleges

High school students and parents planning some college tours this summer might want to check out a new federal website that lists the most and least expensive colleges and universities in several categories. It was created by the U.S. Department of Education under the Higher Education Opportunity Act, and this home page also includes links to the College Navigator site and every parent’s favorite, FAFSA.

The new site covers 4- 2- and less-than-2-year institutions, public, private and for-profit. It identifies the most and least expensive two ways: by mandatory tuition and fees, and by net cost–tuition, fees, books, typical room and board and other costs, minus average grants and scholarships.

You also can see which schools have had the greatest increases recently.