To make it easier for prospective students to figure out how much it will cost them to go to college, Congress last year passed a higher education law that, among other things, requires all colleges to offer a "net price calculator" on their web sites by 2011, reports the New York Times. Many colleges and universities have been doing this for some time, and last week the Massachusetts Institute of Technology joined them, introducing its own calculator that allows prospective students to get detailed estimates of their out-of-pocket costs as well as their eligibility for financial aid. Such calculators are...

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