Thanks to everyone who took time out of their busy schedule to join TWG Plus yesterday for our webinar on the five features your net price calculator needs. While this is a product we offer, this presentation is designed to be a resource, not a sales pitch.
If you have any questions about the presentation, or would like to setup a demo to review our Net Price Calculator, please feel free to contact us.
If you have yet to find the right Net Price Calculator, then here are some things to consider.
- Are you minimizing required information?
As with any form, the less you require from users, the more likely they are to complete it.
- Are you allowing a save/continue feature?
If students don’t have access to their parents’ (or their own) tax information at the time they land on your calculator, they should be able to save and return at a later time.
- Does your net price calculator provide all of the federally required cost information?
- How does your net price calculator handle errors?
You should have clear error messages, and your form fields should not reset data entered by the user.
If you’re interested in scheduling a demo of our Net Price Calculator, please contact us.
Interested in a more in-depth post about the trouble with some net price calculators? A thorough article is available at .eduGuru.
“Officials at many colleges have come to see the net-price calculator as something that could make a big difference in their admissions outcomes, rather than a routine matter of compliance.” (Beckie Supiano, The Chronicle of Higher Education)
There’s no doubt that newly mandated college calculators are a valuable resource to students searching for the school with the “glass slipper fit”. A new idea, however, suggests that these nifty number-pluggers are more than just a calculation tool but an extension of the school’s brand itself.
Why, then, would it be valuable for schools to invest in a generic calculator—one kin to calculators featured on competitors’ websites?
Federal-issued calculators are bone dry on the customization level. Clients who choose to invest in calculators developed by mainstream companies—such as College Board—will just have the “custom features” of their website’s design plugged into an even bigger calculator (one yielding the same ‘answer’ for all of its clients in terms of web design).
When it comes to customization (i.e. incorporating custom financial information and branding into a completely unique net price calculator), federal and highly commercialized calculators are the evil stepsisters chasing that glass slipper.
To experience the functionality and customization that The Whelan Group’s Net Price Calculators offers, read more and then schedule a demo.
Clients looking to develop a calculator through TWG can do so at a discounted price before the clock strikes midnight on December 31st.
For questions or details, contact us.