Helping students & families know how much college costs -- and lower it
CTAS was founded to bring greater transparency to the financial side of getting a college degree. By providing clear, comparable information on college costs and benchmarking data, we help students & families to plan and achieve their college goals in a more confident, informed way. Based on an extensive historical model and inputs from macroeconomics and higher education, we present college costs for over 3,000 institutions across the US as they would be in commercial transactions outside of higher ed, without jargon and financial aid technicalities. Our information includes forecast costs for the upcoming academic year as well as the full costs for the entire undergraduate program based on family income levels, the main driver of college pricing. We have also developed an average net cost index for the industry as a whole and provide other types of data, such as student retention, in easily searchable formats.
With our support, families can plan properly for college – save the right amounts, apply to colleges they can afford, budget realistically and not take on burdensome loans. With our appeals service, they can reduce how much they pay and, using our proprietary data to know the market, avoid bad financial aid offers, and improve college affordability.
CTAS takes pride in the accuracy and validity of its historical and forecast numbers. If you believe a correction needs to be made, please contact us and we will work with you to resolve the issue.
Thank you for your support.
Julian Treves, Principal