There is little question that the cost of college, of any college, is not cheap. Sticker prices at four-year colleges, especially with room & board, can look frighteningly high if not completely out of reach. For this reason, the US Education Department requires colleges to calculate and report the Net Price of Attendance and provide a Net Price Calculator on their websites. (You can find links to these on SCHEV's Institution Profiles below.) Many students & families borrow for college and it can be a good investment. However, borrowers should understand, that by itself, a college degree does not guarantee a job. There is risk and reward based on multitude of factors.