Wellesley’s Simplified Cost Estimator Reveals Greater Options in College Choice
A revolutionary online tool created by Wellesley is ensuring that all families have quick and easy access to the information they need to make decisions about college affordability. The tool, launched in 2013, is called
My inTuition, and it is changing how families approach elite colleges and financial aid by giving students a simple, accurate, and personalized estimate of their expected cost to attend the College. The cost estimator promises to have a profound effect by persuading more and more families to consider colleges they assumed they could not afford. After a flurry of national media coverage, word of its utility quickly spread. Williams College and the University of Virginia have announced that they have implemented the groundbreaking tool, and other colleges are lining up to soon follow suit.
Created by Wellesley's Katharine Coman and A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Economics Phillip B. Levine, My inTuition is the quickest college cost calculator available to the public. The New York Times declares “Wellesley’s calculator is a significant step in the growing effort to spread accurate information about college costs.” And numerous media outlets (the Associated Press, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Boston Globe, Newsweek/The Daily Beast, BostInno) have covered the tool and Wellesley’s leadership in making it available, especially for lower-income families.
"With Williams' and U.Va.'s adoption of the tool, we hope that more students and families will realize that top colleges are within reach for any qualified student, regardless of their financial situation,” said Joy St. John, Wellesley's Dean of Admission and Financial Aid.
- Professor Phillip B. Levine’s Brookings Economic Studies Working Paper, as featured on The Brookings Institute website.
- Professor Levine penned op-eds for CNN.com, The Washington Post, and for The Brookings Institute.
- David Leonhardt of the New York Times has written about My inTuition on no less than three separate occasions: "Getting a Clearer Picture of College Costs," "Financial Aid Simplified: A Better College Calculator," and "A Simpler Financial-Aid Calculator Spreads."
- My inTuition en Español
Watch current Wellesley students talk about My inTuition in this fun “Public Service Announcement”